KCMO water worker killed while repairing sewer line

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City, Mo. City Manager Troy Schulte sent out a message Tuesday morning expressing his sadness over the death of a worker with Kansas City Water Services.

The worker, identified as Donald Fenton, died early Monday evening in an accident near Interstate 435 and 71 Highway in the 9700 block of Marion Dr. He was a 14-year veteran of the department.

Schulte's message said Fenton died while repairing a sewer line.

"Our deepest condolences to the family of Utility Repair Supervisor Donald Fenton who was tragically killed while repairing a sewer line,” Schulte said.

Mayor Sly James echoed those sentiments and added that there are many city jobs where workers face dangerous circumstances.

"We were all shaken to hear of the tragic accident that claimed the life of a good and valuable member of Kansas City’s Water Services Department," James said. “This is a reminder that the jobs so many of our employees do in service of the citizens of our City are dangerous and difficult. Today of all days is a time to remember that daily lives are put on the line to make our City great.”

Police said Monday evening that work was being done on city property behind the south patrol station for the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department when his body was discovered.

Flags will be placed at half-mast in Kansas City to honor Fenton's service.

“Donald will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. His family, friends, and coworkers are in our thoughts as we work through this time of grief,” Terry Leeds, Water Services Director, said.

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