Sidney grad killed in Florida was assisting with Hurricane Irma recovery

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 2:35 PM

Former Sidney football star dies in TV tower collapse

UPDATE @ 2:35 p.m. 

Marcus Goffena was in Florida to help repair towers that were damaged by Hurricane Irma, his relatives said. 

TRENDING: Missing teen witnessed father’s fatal shooting

“That was just the way he was. He wanted to get there to help out,” Marcus’ father told this news outlet during a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

More Local News: Tipp City man killed in crash on U.S. 35

His mother added: “He loved what he was doing, he was really proud of what he was doing.”

Goffena started working for the Texas-based Tower King II, a company that performs maintenance and construction of large broadcast towers, about six years ago, but he and his family knew the dangers of his job, they said. 

TRENDING: Two people killed in separate crashes in Mercer County

“It’s scary ... every time he’s up in the air,” his mother said. “We knew that. We knew it was a dangerous job.” 

Goffena’s father said he was notified of his son’s death from the owner of Tower King II Wednesday. 

“[I felt] disbelief. I couldn’t believe it was true,” his mother said. 

Goffena’s family said his job took him all over the county, but he was very family-oriented, and loved coming back to Sidney to spend time with his family. 

“He loved to live life to the fullest. He always had a smile on his face,” his mother said. 

Goffena’s autopsy was scheduled to be completed today, and funeral arraignments were still pending, his parents said.

A witness who talked with WFOR-TV in Miami, Florida, explains what he heard and saw prior, during and after scaffolding collapsed, killing 3 people.

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m. 

Family members have confirmed Marcus Goffena, 31, of Sidney is one of the three victims killed in a Florida scaffolding accident Wednesday. 


A Sidney man was killed in a scaffolding accident at a TV tower in Miami, Fla. Wednesday. 

Sidney City Schools Superintendent John Scheu confirmed to this news outlet one of the three people killed in the accident yesterday was a graduate of Sidney High School. 

This news outlet is withholding publishing the victim’s name until we’ve confirmed the next of kin have been notified. 

TRENDING: Two people killed in separate crashes in Mercer County

According to the Associated Press, three men died after the scaffolding they used to reach the top of a 100-story tall transmission tower collapsed. 

Officials told the AP, the tower transmits signals for two stations in Miami, WPLG and WSVN. The men were contract workers for a Texas-basked company, Tower King II, that builds and maintains television antennas. 

FCC Antenna Tower Registration records say the 1,032-foot tower was built in 2009 and is owned by Miami Tower, LLC.  

WSVN owner and president Edmund Ansin said in a statement to the AP that the men were performing work required by the FCC.

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

Trending - Most Read Stories

Crews respond to a reported shooting in Trotwood

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM

Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Two suspected metal thieves caught red-handed at Hewitt Soap Factory

The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.

We will continue to update this story with more details. 

Trending - Most Read Stories

Top AF leader: ‘You have to learn to say, that’s not good enough’

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 10:30 PM

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson addressed more than 240 graduates of the Air Force Institute of Technology on Thursday evening at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. BARRIE BARBER /STAFF
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson addressed more than 240 graduates of the Air Force Institute of Technology on Thursday evening at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. BARRIE BARBER /STAFF

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson told newly minted “technical leaders” of the Air Force Institute of Technology to never stop asking why and to be innovators who build strong and trusted relationships to solve the nation’s national security challenges.

Wilson, an Air Force Academy alumnae and former Rhodes scholar at Oxford, spoke Thursday night to more than 240 AFIT graduates among an audience of 1,200 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

RELATED: Threats will drive BRAC strategy, Air Force leader says

Among three key points of advice, the top Air Force civilian leader told graduates to be critical thinkers who challenge assumptions about why.

“You will also now serve as technical leaders and as leaders in technology and science you have to learn four important words. You have to learn to say, ‘that’s not good enough.’”

The secretary cited recent hypoxia-like incidents among pilots experiencing oxygen loss in some of the most sophisticated aircraft, such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and more basic training aircraft such as the propeller-driven T-6 Texan, as an example to keep asking why and not be pressured to cut short the search for answers.

She told graduates they should not be afraid to say no, even to superiors, until a solution is known.

Wilson told them they must also be innovators.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Air Force leader says total dominance not a ‘birthright’

“Innovation doesn’t come from requirement statements,” she said. “There was never a requirement statement for a silicon chip. There was never a requirement statement for Uber. There was probably wasn’t a requirement statement for GPS.

“If you’re not making mistakes as an engineer, you’re probably only proving that what you already know really does work,” she said. “That’s not innovation. We need you to push the bounds of what you know.”

The high-flying, record-breaking Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane with a needle-like sleek shape demanded overcoming a series of technical problems, from aviators in space suits ejecting at extreme speeds and altitudes to heat-resistant glass that wouldn’t distort surveillance cameras view.

“The result was an air-breathing monster faster than a speeding bullet,” she said. “What would your innovation be?”

Developing trusted relationships is the third key, Wilson said.

“The work that you are about matters, and the people matter more,” she said.

EXCLUSIVE: Top Air Force general says ‘all programs are at risk’

From her time at the Air Force Academy to serving on the national security council staff, the former New Mexico congresswoman said she could count “on one hand” people she could call on at any time.

“Those kinds of relationships are built over a long period of time are priceless in your life,” she said.

The Air Force’s top leaders listen and trust each other and see things from different perspectives to address national security issues, she said.

“You have everything to gain as young officers and civilians in the Air Force to see alternative perspectives, to find your partners in crime who are going to push you and make you better because steel sharpens steel,” she told AFIT graduates.

“The United States Air Force relies on the most advanced technology to defend our nation and project power in the air and space around the globe,” Wilson added. “We’re going to lean on you. We’re going to lean hard on you as the next generation of scientists and engineers in air and space.

“So choose to ask why, choose to be an innovator, and choose to build strong relationships throughout your professional lives,” she said. “Our nation needs you desperately and future generations are counting on you.”

Trending - Most Read Stories

How to keep Facebook from accessing your information 

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:21 PM

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data grab scandal started with a personality quiz app but it’s not the only Facebook App you should be worried about, according to tech experts. 

“You’ve probably given away a lot of information and unfortunately that information is used to manipulate people,” said Gayle Jenkins, the owner of DNA Computers in Kettering.

Jenkins found over 100 apps on her own Facebook account that have grabbed her profile information, friend list, posts, likes, or even photos she’s posted and photos she’s tagged in. 

A look at my phone revealed over 70 apps including “Apply Magic Sauce.”

According to their website, the app translates individuals digital footprints into psychological profiles. Jenkins showed me how to get rid of it. 


To remove or modify these Facebook Apps and quizzes using your phone:

Open the Facebook app

Click the menu (which is typically designated by three lines)

Select “account settings”

Click “apps”

Choose apps you want to delete 


To delete Facebook Apps on a desktop or laptop:

Log on to Facebook

Click the menu (the small triangle in the upper right corner)

Click “settings”

Click “apps” (located in a list on the left side of the screen)

Select an app 

Select the pencil icon to modify settings or click the “X” to delete the app


You can turn off all app access completely, but Jenkins recommends deleting apps one by one.

“if you scroll down past the apps there is a box where you can turn off Platform. Platform is the interface which allows Facebook to work with third-party websites and software. If you disable it, you can’t log into anything with Facebook anymore,” said Jenkins.

Jenkins warns of another big risk with access you grant these apps.

“If they collect enough information they could actually carry out a social engineering hack,” Jenkins said, “potentially answering your security questions or pretending to be you and call a company and request access to information about you.” 

Trending - Most Read Stories

Winter Storm Watch issued for system that could bring snow to area this weekend

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:55 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the current track and forecast for another spring storm.

Those ready for spring weather likely won’t like this forecast.

Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Darke, Preble, Montgomery, Wayne, Randolph, Butler, Warren and Clinton counties from 2 a.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday. Conditions are expected to be favorable for impactful snow, sleet or ice that can make travel difficult. 

>> Winter Storm: ‘Either Dayton or Cincinnati will get nailed’

A quick-moving low pressure system will spread moisture back into the Miami Valley Saturday and Saturday night, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A band of snow will be possible that, at times, might mix with rain. The system currently is favoring the southern and western half of the Miami Valley where the watch was issued. This means areas such as Logan, Shelby, Auglaize and Mercer counties could see a sharp cut-off from moisture and possibly very little, if any, snow. 

>> Winter Weather Awareness: What are the different types of Winter Weather Alerts?

>> Winter Weather Awareness: What to have in your car kit

The track and intensity of this system is still in question, and fine-tuning will come together during the end of the work week. Counties under the Winter Storm Watch have the best chance to see sticking snow that will could be more than two inches. 

>> Whio Weather App

>> Severe Weather Alert Sign-up

A few factors that could limit impact in the Miami Valley: Warm road temperatures allowing for snow melt, snow falling during the day allowing for a mix with rain, the track shifting and pulling the accumulating snow further south.

A few factors that could increase impact in the Miami Valley: Staying colder than expected, a shift further north could spread more snow across the entire area and the intensity of the system. 

Stay with Storm Center 7 for the latest updates to this spring snow storm.

Trending - Most Read Stories