Memorial Funds Set Up for Gettysburg Men Who Died After Exposure to Sewer Gas at Lift Station/OSHA Investigating



GETTYSBURG, S.D. – (DRG News) Memorial funds have been set up for two men-a father and son-who perished while working at a sewer lift station west of Gettysburg Tuesday. 50-year-old Kirk Hansen and his son, 20-year-old Erik Hansen-were overcome by sewer gasses while they worked at West Whitlock Resort area on Tuesday. Erik Hansen died from sewer gas exposure as he worked down in the concrete enclosure. The Potter County Sheriff says Kirk Hansen tried to rescue his son and the elder Hansen was pulled out of the lift station by two citizens. Kirk Hansen died yesterday after being transported to a Sioux Falls hospital. Eric Brooks of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Bismarck says a team has arrived at the scene of Tuesday’s accident and is conducting an investigation. The Luce Funeral Home in Gettysburg is handling the arrangements for the two men-who worked with others for the family business-Hansen Plumbing. Funeral services are pending. Further information is found on the Obituaries page at Those that would like to contribute to memorial funds for the men can do so in two different ways.
For Kirk Hansen, memorials can be sent in lieu of flowers to the Gettysburg Volunteer Fire Department at PO Box 27 in Gettysburg, 57442.
For Erik Hansen, instead of flowers, the family asks that memorials be taken to the Erik Hansen Memorial Fund, c/o Great Western Bank, 111 N. East Street, Gettysburg, 57442.

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