March 1, 2016 — The death of a 28-year-old technician, Stefan Watermann, who fell from a cell tower in mid-February in Hamilton County, Iowa, was described by a co-worker who witnessed the tragedy.
Shaun Goodall, a service technician at Tri State Tower, who described Watermann as his closest co-worker, was on the tower at the time of Watermann’s death and took to social media to describe the horrifying incident.
“It’s one thing to hear of a fallen tower climber. But to witness it first-hand knowing in the last seconds of their life, it is their last few seconds, and you can’t do anything for them but pray and scream for the nightmare to go away,” he wrote in the post. “Running to his final destination and seeing what I saw. I don’t want anyone to ever witness that in their lives. It’s sad that the last images I will have of Stefan are those that I don’t want to remember or relive in my head.”
Goodall said his last conversation with Watermann occurred while lowering a mount at the end of the day. “We lowered it and unfortunately we lost him moments later,” he wrote.
Watermann, who had worked as a tower technician for Tri State Towers for six years, fell from the cell tower at around 5 p.m., according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. It was the first tower fatality of the year according to Wireless Estimator, which tracks tower safety incidents.
Watermann, who was from Germany, is survived his son Christian, his mother Angelika Melchers and step-father, Al Melchers, his father, Jurgen Watermann. His funeral was held Feb. 27 in Monticello, Iowa. Funds being raised for his family at gofundme.