Young New Jersey Boy Died after falling into Supermarket Grease Pit


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As if the nation needed more proof that drownings occur not just in swimming pools, oceans and lakes, a New Jersey boy this week died after falling into a grease pit behind a supermarket owned by his parents.

Jordy Marmolejo, just days shy of his fourth birthday, was playing outside the Vineland supermarket when the freak accident occurred Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The 5-foot-deep pit, which stores used grease from the kitchen, is usually topped by a manhole cover, which had been removed to use the pit.

Store employees tried to rescue Jordy but failed, according to UPI.

When the rescue squad came to the scene, "you couldn't see into it. It was just a sludgy material," fire department Capt. Anthony Baldosaro said. "We stirred the poles around until we felt a little bump. Then we latched him on to the poles and pulled him up."

The child was unresponsive and in cardiac arrest, Emergency Medical Services Chief Al Lincks said. Medics tried to open an airway to resuscitate the boy on the way to South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

In the wake of the accident, Vineland, N.J. Mayor Robert Romano said he was exploring new legislation that could put tighter rules over grease pits.

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