Morton County Firefighter Fatally Electrocuted Responding to Rollover Crash; Vehicle Found Unoccupied

Judd WeilAugust 18, 2021



Morton County/Rolla, Kan. Firefighter Josh Schwindt died after being electrocuted by damaged power lines while searching for victim(s) of a rollover crash the evening of August 15.


Morton County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) received a 911 call Sunday at approximately 5:52 p.m., reporting a vehicle rollover accident south of Rolla, Kan. with unknown occupants.


At 5:53 p.m., Morton County LEC paged Morton County Sheriff’s Department Deputies, Morton County EMS, and Morton County Fire/Rescue to respond to the incident.


A Morton County Deputy and Morton County/Rolla Firefighter Josh Schwindt arrived first on scene at 5:57 p.m.


While searching for victim(s) of the crash, Josh Schwindt encountered downed power lines in the area, damaged from the crash, and received an electrical shock.


CPR was initiated by responders on scene with assistance from Morton County EMS, who arrived at 6:05 p.m.


Schwindt was transported to Morton County Hospital where he later succumbed to the injuries.


The current status of the victim(s) of the crash are unknown as the vehicle was found unoccupied.


According to Morton County EMS Director/Emergency Manager Dusty Brillhart, “there were no victims on scene.”


The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.


A GoFundMe campaign was started for Schwindt’s family and has earned more almost $2,900 of its $25,000 goal.


“Josh was a son, brother, husband, father, papa, and friend,” said the GoFundMe page. “The community has suffered a great loss in the passing of Josh and he will be greatly missed by many.”


Donations can be made at

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