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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
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 2:35 p.m. 

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

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“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.

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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. 

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“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.

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. 

FIRST REPORT

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. 

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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.