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Man Killed in Seagram's Fall is Identified

Patrick James Miskimon, 19, died of the injuries he received in a 60-foot fall from a fifth-floor catwalk.

Patrick James Miskimon, of the 3100 block of Shortway, was the person who died from injuries sustained in a 60-foot fall in an abandoned building on the former Seagram's Distillery property on Sunday, according to Baltimore County Police Department officials.

Miskimon, 19, fell when the fifth-floor catwalk he was crossing collapsed, according to police spokeswoman Louise Rogers-Feher.  A companion who was with Miskimon when he fell called 911, and the Dundalk man was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he died.

Miskimon and Joseph Lee Toft Jr., 19, of the 3400 block of Cornwall Road, were on the property exploring the buildings when the fall occurred, according to Rogers-Feher.

The two men were climbing through the building on the catwalk when Toft decided to stop climbing on the second floor.

Miskimon wanted to continue climbing, but Toft "felt it was too dangerous to go any higher," Rogers-Feher said, correcting information she reported to Patch on Monday.

The spokeswoman originally said both men were on the catwalk when it collapsed, and that one was able to hold on and the other fell.

"That wasn't the case," Rogers-Feher said Tuesday. "I need to change the record."

Toft saw Miskimon fall and immediately ran to him to offer aid. Toft then called 911.

Miskimon was airlifted to the trauma center, where he died Sunday.

Toft could be charged with trespassing on private property, according to Rogers-Feher.

Tracey Reitterer August 24, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I used to live in the Yorkway apts in the mid 90's before they were torn down, My friend & I roamed through those Seagram buildings back then & found all kinds of graffiti, party trash, needles, etc. We also found lots of company paperwork, including old pay stubs with people's personal information, etc. That place has been a danger & an eyesore for decades and should have been torn down long ago. My prayers go out to Mr. Miskimon's loved ones.
Jordan Harrison August 25, 2012 at 10:17 PM
It's unreal, no matter what kind of history there is, now there's a greater history, with a huge amount of pain for many people, including me Patrick was a very good friend of mine and I miss him more than anything, it doesn't matter what he was doing in there a place like that attracts anyone's attention to explore, my best friend is gone and now there's just a heartbreak and confusion left inside me.
Al Day September 05, 2012 at 06:56 PM
More kids at risk?? Did I read that right? 19 isn't a kid. And common sense is necessary in all things. Tearing down a historic landmark won't suddenly make trespassers have more common sense. My mom worked there in the 50's and I'd hate to see the site remain undeveloped. The builiding could be converted to a theme park, or office complex or even a storage building. What a waste it would be to just tear it down. And if it was torn down what would prevent others from getting hurt on the unoccupied lot? Better to teach common sense at home than to ponder such a goofy solution. I suppose using that logic we should all stop driving because someone might get hurt. Or tear down the bay bridges because someone might fall off them. If you want to solve a problem go to the source. And in this case it was shear lack of common sense.
Matt September 27, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I get what you mean buy that but I do think it needs to be knocked down there's nothing they can do with what's standing. To much of it is Burt and its falling apart so knock it down and put something safer for people
Candy Fontaine October 06, 2012 at 06:01 AM
This place needs to be torn to the ground. Patrick was a good friend of mines too. He was soo sweet and funny. I feel a sadness in my heart I can't even express. He was just an awesome person to talk to. I miss him dearly :(

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