UPDATE: Police ID man who died after crews found him not breathing on Mason roof

A Hamilton man working on the roof of an area community center died Monday morning despite rescue crews rushing to the top of the building.

Jason Minnich, 43, a contractor electrician was working on the roof of the Mason Community Center in Warren County when he suffered a “medical emergency” at approximately 10 a.m., according to initial police dispatchers.


Mason Police and firefighters rushed to the center at 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road and used a “rope rescue” to lower Minnich in a stretcher from three stories up, while a firefighter harnessed to his side continued performing CPR on Minnich.

Mason Fire Chief Bryan Brumagen was on scene directing the rescue and said his crews responded to a “non-breather” male among workers on the roof the community center.

“The patient was undergoing CPR” as fire and city EMS crews performed a “rope rescue” off the roof,” Brumagen told the Journal-News.

Minnich was rushed by ambulance to West Chester Hospital in Butler County.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital and officials at the Butler County Coroner’s office said they were called to the hospital to begin their investigation.

Lt. Jeff Burson of the Mason Police said “initially there appears to be nothing suspicious but that is ultimately up to the coroner’s investigation.”

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