ELEANOR, W.Va. — A black ribbon hung near the top of the Eleanor Fire Hall in Putnam County following the death of Fire Chief Shane Jividen.
Jividen, 36, was killed Saturday when his ATV crashed into a ditch during a fundraiser in Webster County. Jividen reportedly was heading to a campground near Bergoo when the accident occurred. Officials said he suffered severe head trauma.
The “Bergoo Bash” poker run is an annual fundraiser for the Webster Springs Fire Department.
Eleanor Assistant Fire Chief David Turley told WSAZ-TV on Sunday evening the community was hurting.
“It’s tearing at us. It’s tough,” Turley said. “It pulls us together. It pulls our county together, but it’s a very tough situation right now.”
Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said Jividen was apparently riding alone at the time of the accident.
“We don’t know what made Shane go off the road into a rollover inside of a ditch,” the sheriff said.
Jividen’s commitment to the community was remembered at a fire department gathering Sunday night.
“Anytime that you put your live on the line for someone else’s—he’s done that many times,” Deweese said. “That’s what it is, the recognition of a hero.”