Sad

Sounds like he did the right things, just not enough of them:

Ronald Wagenhoffer, the city inspector who previously examined the four-story Center City property that collapsed onto a Salvation Army thrift shop June 5, killing six people and injuring 13, committed suicide in a secluded stretch of Roxborough Wednesday night, authorities said.

Wagenhoffer, 52, was found inside his truck, with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, on Shawmont Avenue near Nixon Street.

“It was my fault. I should have looked at those guys working, and I didn’t,” Wagenhoffer said in a video message, which was obtained by NBC10, that he recorded on his cellphone before shooting himself. “When I saw it was too late. I should have parked my truck and went over there but I didn’t. I’m sorry.”

Wagenhoffer said in the video that he couldn’t sleep because of the deaths, the news report said.

Those who knew Wagenhoffer described him as a kind, pleasant man who was always eager to lend a hand – and who was also undoubtedly haunted by the fatal building collapse.

City officials were quick to note that they had no issues with the job Wagenhoffer – who worked for the Department of Licenses and Inspections for 16 years – did while inspecting 2136-38 Market St. in February or when he returned May 14 to examine a permit issue at an adjacent property.

“I will state right here, right and now, this man did nothing wrong,” Everett Gillison, Mayor Nutter’s chief of staff, said yesterday. “The department did what it was supposed to do under the code that existed at the time, and we are proud of the department and its employees – period.”

One thought on “Sad

  1. Wagonhoffer may have done nothing wrong, but somebody did. And it wasn’t the crane operator. Follow the money.

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