A Sheridan man is listed in stable condition at St. Patrick’s Hospital intensive care unit in Missoula after falling from the flagpole at the elementary school.
37-year-old Shane Watts apparently climbed the flagpole on an extension ladder to fix ropes that had become tangled late Wednesday morning when he fell. Watts works as the high school janitor and elementary school janitor and maintenance personnel.
Watts was transported to the Ruby Valley Hospital before being life flighted to Missoula. His wife Shara said from the hospital in Missoula on Friday that the extent of brain damage Shane suffered in the fall was unclear at this time. Other injuries included two broken vertebrae in his back and neck, a broken elbow, bruised kidneys and liver. Doctors were also forced to remove Watts’ spleen.
“He’s in pretty tough shape right now,” said Shara Watts, but added that his condition is stable and blood pressure is good.
Sheridan district superintendent Kim Harding said the accident was under investigation by the district and their workman’s compensation provider and declined any further comment.
A donation fund to help the Watts family has been established at both Ruby Valley National Bank locations in Sheridan and Twin Bridges.