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Man crushed to death while looking for cell phone
Chi Trib ^ | 08/01/2013 | Rosemary Regina Sobol

Posted on 08/01/2013 10:04:59 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

A Palatine man was crushed to death in a trash compactor as he searched for his missing cell phone, authorities said.

Roger Mirro, 56, told a neighbor in his apartment complex around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday that he may have dropped his phone down the garbage chute, authorities said. Mirro asked for a key to the trash room in the lower level parking garage, they said.


An autopsy determined Mirro died of crushing injuries caused by the compactor, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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What? No word on if the cell phone was found OK?
1 posted on 08/01/2013 10:04:59 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m blaming Obama for this phone-related death.

2 posted on 08/01/2013 10:08:56 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Note to self. Do not get into a trash compactor. It could tend to ruin my whole day.

3 posted on 08/01/2013 10:11:01 AM PDT by Mark17 (Yesterday I couldn't spell it. Today I are one, a creepy a$$ cracker)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Successful Darwin Award Candidate!

4 posted on 08/01/2013 10:11:08 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

So, nobody weweased Woger?

5 posted on 08/01/2013 10:12:25 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Did it look like this?

6 posted on 08/01/2013 10:12:28 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Responsibility2nd; a fool in paradise

Lesson for the wise: if you’re careful around the trash compactor, using your cellphone will only give you a brain tumor disease.

7 posted on 08/01/2013 10:17:24 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I guess "get out" never crossed his mind when he heard the motor start up. From past experience, I believe these compactors move at a rate of about 5 inches every minute, about the speed of a turtle. So this would be like standing 200 feet away from a steamroller screaming STOP! yet getting crushed by it anyway.

8 posted on 08/01/2013 10:17:27 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Obama has lost one of his loyal multiple voters, he must be devastated

9 posted on 08/01/2013 10:42:33 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

This is butt dialing on steroids.

10 posted on 08/01/2013 10:44:59 AM PDT by FirstFlaBn
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To: Responsibility2nd; Revolting cat!
Rachel Corrie haz a pancake dream.

A Palatine man was crushed to death in a trash compactor as he searched for his missing cell phone, authorities said.

11 posted on 08/01/2013 11:03:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Responsibility2nd

DARWIN: “Can you hear me now?”

12 posted on 08/01/2013 11:54:55 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

13 posted on 08/01/2013 12:40:10 PM PDT by BO Stinkss (Remember Antonio West)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Dude obviously missed the Lockout/tagout video.

14 posted on 08/01/2013 2:30:16 PM PDT by pa_dweller (Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves:... Isa 1:23)
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Devastated friends and family say anyone would be hard-pressed to find a person whose heart was bigger than Roger Mirro’s.

The 56-year-old Palatine man spent most of his career working to improve the lives of troubled youth, people with disabilities and seniors with memory impairment.

“He was just a very compassionate and caring person,” his mother, Joyce Kolze of Wisconsin, said. “He dedicated much of his life to helping people.”

Mirro died Tuesday evening after falling into a trash compactor. Palatine police said Mirro had asked a neighbor for a key to the complex’s trash room believing his cellphone fell down the garbage chute. Investigators found a lock removed from the door and a ladder propped along the side of the machine.

Authorities aren’t investigating whether Mirro should have been able to access the trash room, police said. Deputy Chief Alan Stoeckel said it appears Mirro’s death was a “terrible accident.”

Mirro, who grew up in Des Plaines, worked for 10 years until 2004 at Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights. Resident Life Director Brenda Borchers said Mirro was on the activity staff on a special care unit for seniors in need of memory support.

He ran a monthly breakfast for a group of men, took them on outings and often led woodcarving projects.

“Roger was very creative and game for just about anything,” Borchers said. “He knew all the staff and families and really advocated for the residents. He went above and beyond and touched their lives.”

Mirro previously worked at Lambs Farm in Libertyville and at the Mooseheart Child City and School near Aurora. Mirro was the in-school suspension supervisor at the residential children’s facility, which serves youth whose families are unable to care for them.

The Rev. Tom Riemenschneider, Mooseheart’s chaplain, said he’ll miss their trips together to Wrigley Field. He also fondly remembers attending Mirro’s wedding 19 years ago.

“He walked us out afterward, opened his trunk and handed me a plaque with the 1975 Cincinnati Reds baseball cards,” said Riemenschneider, who will officiate Mirro’s funeral. “It was his wedding and he gave me a gift. He was just a great guy.”

Most recently, Mirro worked at Costco in Mount Prospect. Kolze said her son’s eyesight had deteriorated over the past two years to the point of legal blindness, and he was grateful his employer was so accommodating. She believes his eyesight may have contributed to the accident.

Mirro is survived by his wife of 19 years, Donna. Funeral arrangements are pending

15 posted on 08/03/2013 6:15:44 AM PDT by KARMATAGGER (RIP Roger.)
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The only thing that should be crushed in a compactor is the commentary garbage on this page. Disgusting,heartless,and unnecessary to make a joke of such a tragic situation. My condolences to his family who lost such a wonderful and kind person. If only more people had the character he had, the world would be a better place. It says NO personal attacks yet people are writing horrible things about this man that died on here. Comments like that should be removed off of this page in respect to the people who knew this man.

16 posted on 08/03/2013 6:15:44 AM PDT by KARMATAGGER (RIP Roger.)
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Making humor of a tragic situation is said to be therapeutic. This phenomenon has been explored by a number of would-be essay writers but nobody has ever been able to put a finger on why "black humor" or "gallows humor" comes so naturally to people. As a side note, there are some who say that those who profess to be outraged at such humor tend to wear their shoes one size too small. (There should be a shoe store near your or better yet, just take off your shoes and socks and go walk in the grass in your bare feet, you will feel better.)

Obviously this phenomenon only applies to people that you do not know or have a relationship with. Therefore, if you are close to somebody who has a "death by misadventure" (which is a polite phrase for dying stupidly), you might want to stay away from social media for a while because people will be making fun of it.

That being said, if I ever have the misfortune to die stupidly (I did go for a long hike in a snowstorm once), I give the people here at Free Republic and social media in general to post the details of my death and come up with clever one-liners and such while posting "This Will Not End Well" images from the massive Google database.

If my unfortunate death should provide some therapeutic value for my fellow Freepers, please have at it. However, I hope that this does not happen for a very long time.

17 posted on 08/03/2013 7:03:18 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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Will Rogers once said: “Everything is funny as long as it is happening to Somebody Else.” Would it be so funny if you or someone you knew were the target of the humor?

Its funny how people reason that its okay to find humor in “others” tragic deaths or as you say “therapeutic” (which by the way doesn’t apply here). These postings on here are by people who do not know the person. Therefore, online it usually is for attention or shock value and not in the therapeutic context as you are stating. Therapeutic is usually reference for someone who knows the person and uses humor as a coping mechanism in their own way through humor. There are different contexts to how a person expresses humor therapeutically and that applies to how people experience a loss and knowing the individual who died.

I’ve laughed at a lot stupid things that people do in life (and no one on this site is definitely above it including doing stupid things themselves)but being crushed by a compactor and dying from serious injuries is not funny. The action and result of what happened IS NOT FUNNY.

SamAdams76 you wrote that if something tragic happened to you or as you quoted writing “dying stupidly” that you would be okay with it. You mentioned that YOU would be okay with others posting “gallows humor” remarks online about it. What if someone in your family or someone you knew had something happen tragically and it was posted publicly online and people posted garbage like that? Would it still be termed “therapeutic” humor? To justify yourself, you might say yes, but in reality the answer is no.

I doubt you would be cool with it and laugh along at it and I doubt anyone else would be laughing if they knew someone that had something happen tragically that resulted in a terrible death.

I don’t expect social media to practice being respectful to others who are grieving someone’s death (that is done through parenting and maturity). This is online where people post privately and hide behind computers distancing themselves from the outside world. I laugh at how people act like they are completely above doing anything stupid that they can make commentary or a joke about another’s actions. Many have done stupid things and lived through it, but if one dies from it, it becomes a butt of a joke.

I’m not sure what my shoe size has to do with my viewpoint on what people define as humor on here which to me isn’t even funny (I actually wear a 1/2 size bigger shoe and not one size smaller) and I’m pretty sure you categorized me with that remark because I didn’t fall in the long line of “gallows humor” remarks posted on here about someone else’s tragedy. I guess “thinking outside the box” or having “compassion” isn’t funny or “therapeutic”.

No, I never ever go on any social media sites and expect class,respect,compassion,or common decency towards others (wishful thinking). In this day and age you will see people laugh or make jokes about people who are injured,dead,maimed,mauled,raped,bullied and snap a pic off their smartphone and post it on youtube (social media sites)rather than have compassion and help a person. Its better to make a joke of it and do nothing than stand up and go against it. Pretty sad but true especially online/social media and outside in “REALITY”.

18 posted on 08/04/2013 2:32:57 AM PDT by KARMATAGGER (RIP Roger.)
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To: BO Stinkss

Mutt Kelley strikes again. (1960s Boston insider joke)

19 posted on 08/04/2013 3:14:02 AM PDT by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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