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Person falling 80 feet from Grandad Bluff part of busy night for La Crosse F.D.

Drew Kelly

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The signs are there for a reason.

That’s the theme of La Crosse Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Murphy of advice he’d give of visitors who visit Grandad Bluff.

A rescue operation occurred Monday night after an individual fell about 80 feet down the face of the cliff.

Eleven firefighters were at the scene to help.

Murphy said there are several signs posted in different locations to ensure people stay safe.

The person was taken to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse with significant injuries. The victim’s condition and a full report of the incident haven’t been released.

Murphy added that the team who assists victims on the bluff go through numerous training exercises to prepare for such an event. Also, there are multiple firefighters who are on the state team.

While all of that was going on, firefighters concurrently responded to four other medical emergencies, including one for a person in the river.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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