Above: A MnDOT traffic camera appears to capture the rescue happening on the roof of the new Vikings stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.
The construction worker who fell from the roof of the new Vikings stadium died of blunt force injuries to the head, the medical examiner's office announced Friday.
Jeramie Gruber, a 35-year-old resident of Northfield, died on Wednesday at 8:31 a.m. -- about 45 minutes after a 50-foot fall into a snow gutter. Another employee of North St. Paul-based Berwald Roofing, who has not been identified, sustained injuries.
Minnesota’s Occupational Safety and Health Division and the medical examiner's office are still investigating, according to Friday's statement.
Here is how friends described Gruber in an article published today, by Rochelle Olson and Libor Jany:
Friends described Gruber, a Faribault High School graduate, as an avid fisherman who frequented the dozen or so lakes around his hometown.
“He was always outgoing, gregarious, fun-loving,” said Bob Rempfert, his high school history teacher. “He was a special kid.”
Given his affinity for sports, “I imagine he was thrilled to be working on the new Vikings stadium and probably would have been proud to tell his kids that he helped build it,” Rempfert said.
“I just know, knowing him back then, he would have been thrilled to be working on something like that.”