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Exploding Toilet Cuts Up Village Employee

Ridgewood Sanitation Department employee Damien Hamlin received more than 30 stitches Monday morning after dropping a porcelain toilet that shattered.

A Village of Ridgewood employee is in the hospital recovering from a serious leg wound sustained Monday morning while on a refuse collection, officials confirmed.

official John Spano said Damien Hamlin, an employee of the village for more than 15 years in the sanitation department, was picking up a porcelain toilet on South Broad Street at about 11:30 when it slipped from his grip.

The impact caused "a small explosion," with materials slicing through his Hamlin's thigh, Spano said.

First attended by police, fire and EMS, Hamlin was transported to where emergency room doctors stitched the inside and outside of his leg to close the wound. Over 30 stitches were needed.

"The muscle was cut but luckily there is no nerve damage," Spano said, adding it's unclear when he might be able to return to work.

"It all depends on how quickly he heals," Spano said.

Hamlin received commendations in 2008 for helping put out a residential fire with fellow Sanitation Department colleagues Frank DeGrohe and Wayne Mann.

jp1 June 19, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Good luck to the employee, but what made the toilet explode?
Moist Cake June 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM
It dropped on the ground............I know..... I know.
No One June 19, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I'm glad Boyd was there to catch this man during his finest hour when he most likely wanted privacy.
No One June 20, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Wow, well played. If you were mauled in a car accident would you like to have your picture taken by Boyd? He goes around to accidents and sits around to take pictures. I find it silly that people actually care about a story like this, let alone want pictures.
AML June 23, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I hope that Damien gets better soon. On a separate note, the title of the story "Exploding Toilet Cuts Up Village Employee" is exceedingly poor; this would not even muster a grade "D" in a journalism class! The toilet did not explode; it shattered. It was fine to have quoted someone who used the word "exploded." The writer should have knoiwn better! The word "cut" is also a poor choice. I cannot stand to see the word "cut," or, "slice," used in a story; it is classless. A better title would have been: VILLAGE EMPLOYEE SERIOUSLY HURT IN RIDGEWOOD, OR, SHATTERED TOILET SERIOULSY HURTS RIDGEWOOD EMPLOYEE.

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