ELEANOR, W.Va. — Almost the entire community of Eleanor came out Thursday night to remember their fallen fire chief Shane Jividen.
Jividen was killed last Sunday when his ATV crashed in Webster County. Now a family and a community are left with a void in their lives.
“Everybody knew him and he was a great all around guy and fire chief,” said friend and colleague Shane Morris, Buffalo Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief. “It sucks.”
At the time of his crash, Jividen was taking part in an annual fundraiser for the Webster Springs Fire Department called the Bergoo Bash.
Eleanor Assistant Fire Chief David Turley said it was in Shane’s nature to help others.
“You could call Shane at any time, Shane could you help me and Shane would be there,” said Turley. “He always had time. He always took the time to help his friends.”
Morris said the same thing about his fellow brother.
“He would give you the shirt off his back,” he said. “He would do anything for you and wouldn’t say nothing about it.”
Jividen worked as the fire chief at the Eleanor Volunteer Fire Department and Turley said he did his job well.
“Shane was a likable guy, he was devoted, loyal, he worked hard for the fire department,” he said. “ Shane Jividen was the Eleanor Fire Department.”
Shane’s visitation was held from four to eight Thursday at the West Virginia Joint Forces Reserve Center in Eleanor and during that time few parking spaces were left open as the community came out to show their support.
Turley said Shane is going to be greatly missed and all he wants to do now is continue what he started at the fire department.
“I’m going to keep chasing his dreams and goals,” he said. “We worked very closely together and I know what his goals were for the station and those are my goals, to continue his legacy best I can.”
A Fireman’s Funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Buffalo Memorial Cemetery.