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    Indianapolis Firefighter Dies During Diving Exercise

    Indianapolis Firefighter Dies During Diving Exercise
    Body Found Two Hours After Man Disappeared Under Water

    Courtesy TheIndyChannel.com


    INDIANAPOLIS -- The body of an Indianapolis Fire Department diver who was training in a 10-acre pond on the city's northwest side was pulled from the water Friday afternoon, authorities said.

    Paul Jolliff, 37, a seven-year member of the department, was part of a classs of beginning divers enrolled in a six-week training course.

    Authorities said Jolliff's diving "buddy" lost track of him under water. Rescuers were called to the pond, near the intersection of West 79th Street and Marsh Road, around 12:45 p.m., authorities said.

    Jolliff's body was found about two hours later. Rescuers couldn't revive him, and he was pronounced dead later at Methodist Hospital.

    An official said the firefighter was among 22 students in diving school at the pond, which is 70 feet deep in places. They had been taking lessons since April.

    Friday was the last day of diving for the class, the official said.

    IFD spokesman Mario Garza said Friday that investigators didn't yet know how Jolliff died. Garza said the Marion County Sheriff's Department would investigate.

    The pond is murky and full of undergrowth, which complicated efforts to find the diver.

    Jolliff is the second IFD firefighter to died in a diving exercise in less than two years. In August 2000, firefighter Warren J.C. Smith died during training on the city's southwest side.


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    Jolliff, Paul

    Age: 37
    Rank: Firefighter/Engineer
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 06/14/2002
    Incident Time: 12:30
    Death Date: 06/14/2002

    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Nature of Death: Asphyxiation (includes drowning)
    Emergency Duty: No
    Duty Type: Training
    Activity Type: Other
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Indianapolis Fire Department
    555 N. New Jersey St.
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
    Chief: Louis Dezelan

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Jolliff drowned while participating in water rescue training as a beginning diver enrolled in a six-week course.


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