Update: Victim Identified as Former Hoyt Lakes Fire and Police Chief in Garbage Truck Pinning Incident
Authorities have identified the man killed Monday morning after being pinned between a garbage truck and a large dumpster in Biwabik.
BIWABIK, Minn.-Authorities have identified the man killed Monday morning after being pinned between a garbage truck and a large dumpster in Biwabik.
He’s been identified as 61-year-old former Hoyt Lakes fire and police chief Steven Allen Stoks.
On Facebook, Hoyt Lakes Fire and EMS posted about the loss of the community leader saying: “The Hoyt Lakes Fire and Ambulance is mourning the loss of retired firefighter/former Chief Steven Stoks. He served Hoyt Lakes and surrounding communities for 32+ years. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Authorities responded to 310 Main Street in Biwabik at approximately 8:23 a.m. Monday where the 61-year-old man was found pinned between a garbage truck, fence, and dumpster.
Gilbert Police Chief Ty Techar told Fox 21 that Stoks did work for the garbage company East Range Sanitation at the time of the incident. He said they are still looking into what caused the incident and more information is expected to be released next week.
The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office and and Minnesota State Patrol are also investigating the incident.