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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.

Alayna Strickland August 21, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Wow... we voted to have that knocked down. Clearly unsafe and an eyesore!
Barbara August 21, 2012 at 09:52 PM
What a shame. So sorry to hear that. Seagrams has been an "eyesore" for many of years. They need to knock the whole place down.
Jonathan Wilson August 22, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Instead of immediately knocking it down they should consider preserving the history of the place. You all jump immediately into saying 'demolition' but sometimes people are going in these buildings and trespassing to learn about the history of what their communities once were built upon and surrounded by. I'm not saying trespassing is okay by any means, but still. These places are historic and we have to blame the owners for allowing them to get so trashed instead of preserving a historic building.
Matt August 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Knocking it down or leaving it up wont change the fact that I lost a friend close and dear to me. Im not saying that what your implying is wrong, Its just doesn't change the facts.
Hear that? August 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Jonathan, I hardly doubt smoking weed, bums and graffiti qualify as "inquiring about a buildings history". People from OUR community trash these areas, graffiti the buildings and use drugs in this property. While it is sad to hear of the loss of a life, bottom line, he shouldn't have been there. Also, from what I heard, he was smoking spice in the buildings. What is the historic value in that?
Jonathan Wilson August 23, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I understand that whether it is knocked down or left up it won't change that. I'm simply discussing the fact that more needs to be done with the place.
Jonathan Wilson August 23, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Believe it or not, there are people out there who are truly interested in what these buildings once were. I have no clue why the boy was actually in there, and that's none of my business. But what I'm saying is, why not actually do something reasonable with the property instead of letting history rot away. I very well understand that a lot of kids from the community trash and destroy these buildings, I'm not denying that. I just wish there could be more done about their condition. I'd liked to see them saved or re-purposed instead of having more houses being built there. We're supposed to trust Vontran with that but he can't even board up some abandoned buildings?
Buzz Beeler August 23, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Jonathan what I found interesting is there are no open code violations on the county's website.
Jonathan Wilson August 23, 2012 at 05:49 PM
How can that be when it's covered in graffiti, The fence has tons of open holes. Plus from what I've noticed, all the buildings seem to be wide open. You can't take back what's already happened but maybe if Vontran would have boarded some doors up properly the kid wouldn't have gained access and the whole accident wouldn't have happened.
Jonathan Wilson August 23, 2012 at 06:11 PM
But we don't cut our grass or lose a trashcan lid and look what happens to us? LOL.
Buzz Beeler August 23, 2012 at 09:16 PM
That is precisely my question, how can that be? I checked and there are no open complaints regarding this property. I find that just a tad bit skeptic. I would like to know what happened to the issues and fines Scarfield faced a while back when he owned the property.
Maureen Love August 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM
My mother taught me if you don't have anything good to say, say nothing. I am so sad that you are blogging about a building on this page right now when a mother lost a son. If it had been you, or your son, you would stop this bantering about the building and start praying for the family and the boy he was with:( All of our kids, and even some of us, went places we shouldn't have and did things in our youth we shouldn't have. Shame on you for finding fault at this time. What is the historic value in that? The word History came from two words, His Story. His story was that he died on a cross for all who would receive Him. No condemnation. He took it all on the cross. Something to consider especially today while the family is mourning. God bless. PS Judge not lest you be judged. Give mercy and you will receive mercy.
Jonathan Wilson August 23, 2012 at 10:21 PM
To Maureen Love, I hope you understand the building being terribly maintained puts MORE kids at risk, What if a child happens to wander into those buildings that are wide open, barely fenced? This is why I'm bantering. Yes, A man lost his life, but why?! Because the buildings are completely accessible to the public. These buildings are dangerous and this very well could have been prevented if the owner would have actually done something and boarded them up. REGARDLESS if he has been applying for a demolition permit, that does not mean he should leave the buildings wide open in the mean time. Clearly the problem is, a guy most likely, very easily walked into these buildings, got hurt, and unfortunately ended up passing away. What do you do when there's a major problem? You fix it. Don't stand around waiting for another accident to happen. I have walked by there before and say little kids wandering not far from the property, new houses were just built behind the property and this guy still fails to even properly fence the place off or seal the buildings up. This isn't senseless bantering. Actually think about it. I'm not finding fault in the guy who was killed, I'm finding fault in the owner for allowing this to happen, leaving the place wide open and poorly maintained.
ang August 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM
well all i have to say is that something be done soon before another person gets hurt or dies from the decision of going in there...but therefore some people need to open there eyes a little and realize that its not just patrick or joeys fault yes people do more decision before thinking them out but you have to understand how the family's of both young men are feeling and how one takes blame for all and will never live this down...its not easy seeing a close friend suffer in front of you and let alone pass away because of your decision with them...i know how joey feels...i pray for patrick family and i sure pray from joey (my cousin) and others stop being selfish
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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