Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 2:35 PM
By: Breaking News Staff
MIAMI, Fla. — UPDATE @ 2:35 p.m.
Marcus Goffena was in Florida to help repair towers that were damaged by Hurricane Irma, his relatives said.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.