JOHNSTON — A longtime employee of the Westerly Public Works Department died Monday morning after suffering an apparent heart attack while unloading his truck at the state Central Landfill here.

The employee, Richard Macensky, 64, was preparing to dump the load of trash he had taken to the facility from the Westerly transfer station when he collapsed, according to a report from Michael Martufi, a Johnston Police Department patrol officer.

The driver in line behind Macensky said he saw him rolling up the canvas cover on his truck and then observed him lying face down on top of his truck. The driver, Virgilio Reyes, of Cranston, ran over to Macensky, moved him off the truck and began performing chest compressions. Rescue personnel also performed CPR on Macensky. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He is believed to have suffered a heart attack, according to the police report. Police were dispatched to the landfill at about 8 a.m.

Macensky's sudden death is the second to strike the Westerly Public Works Department in less than a month. Angelo Turano, the department's head mechanic, was killed on Dec. 19 when the same type of tractor-trailer as the one Macensky had been driving partially ran him over him.

Town Manager J. Mark Rooney said the town would make counselors available for town staff in need. Macensky worked for the town for more than 25 years, officials said.

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