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Posted on: February 23, 2023

Westmont Public Works Employee Dies During Water Main Break Repair

Westmont, Illinois – Date Issued: February 23, 2023
Original Release Published at 1:31 p.m.
Update Published at 2:30 p.m.

It is with a heavy heart that the Village of Westmont confirms a tragedy that occurred today.

At approximately 11:45 a.m., Westmont Public Works staff directly contacted the Westmont Fire and Police Departments to respond to a crisis situation in which a Village of Westmont Public Works employee Matt Heiden was trapped in an underground water main vault which was under water resulting from a burst water main located at the intersection of 60th Street and Deming Place.

Heiden was recovered from the water main vault at approximately 12:40 p.m. and found unresponsive.  CPR and lifesaving measures were immediately administered and he was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital.  Heiden was later pronounced deceased at Good Samaritan Hospital at 1:07 p.m.

Heiden was originally hired with the Village of Westmont as a seasonal employee in 2019 and 2021.  He was hired as a part-time Water Maintenance Worker in September of 2021 and recently moved to full-time.

Our support and sympathy goes out to Matt’s family, friends, and colleagues.  

No further information is available at this time.


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont
Communications Director/PIO

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