AUGUSTA, Georgia (WRDW/WAGT) — The Richmond County Coroner says Sgt. Greg Meagher was trying to rescue a Xytex worker when he was overcome by chemicals.

The coroner reports Meagher, 57, was pronounced dead at 4:33 Sunday afternoon at Augusta University Medical Center.

Officials says Meagher entered the building in an attempt to rescue an employee when he was overcome with a chemical that is believed to be nitrogen.

Fire crews later entered the building with protective gear and brought the deputy out of the building.

Sgt. Meagher is being brought to Atlanta for an autopsy that will take place tomorrow. The coroner says the results will likely take a few weeks because of the toxicology tests that need to be run.

Incorporated in 1975, Xytex Corporation has become a global provider of human semen to healthcare professionals and their patients, their website says.


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