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Elyria man drowns in Wellington reservoir

WELLINGTON – Off-duty firefighters rushed to a Wellington Reservoir on Sunday night but it was too late to save a resident who had fallen in the water.

Parke Brenneman, 75, of Elyria was pronounced dead at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after he fell in the Wellington Upground Reservoir on Sunday night, according to a police report.

Brenneman was fishing with his son at the bank of the reservoir near the entrance around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday when he bent down to grab his fishing pole and fell into the water, according to a police report. His son and a witness at the scene both tried to save Brenneman and when they couldn’t, they called police. Two off-duty firefighters who lived near the area rushed to the scene and pulled the unconscious man out of the water, according to firefighters.

Paramedics, firefighters and police arrived at the scene before transporting Brenneman to MetroHealth, where he was pronounced dead.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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