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City of Elkins worker killed in off-duty accident

ELKINS — Byran Shockey, a loader for the City of Elkins Sanitation Department, was killed in an off-duty accident on Saturday, a city press release stated Tuesday. He had worked for the department since 2015.

Shockey, a Cravensdale resident who was married with two adult daughters, was assisting a relative with a demolition project when he sustained fatal injuries.

“Mr. Shockey was killed when part of a masonry chimney he was demolishing fell on him,” said Bob Pingley, the operations manager for the City of Elkins. “He will be greatly missed.”

Sanitation Department Supervisor Terrill Roth remembered Shockey as an outdoorsman.

“He really enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially bear hunting,” said Roth. “He loved running his dogs.”

Roth said Shockey was a valued, dependable member of the department.

“He was a good guy to work with, always on time for his shift. He was friendly and liked to joke. We’ll all miss him.”

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