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Tallmadge man dies following fall from construction site

Shane Brewer owned, operated Akron Construction

by DiANE Smith | Record-Courier Reporter Published: August 20, 2016 10:41 AM
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A man who fell from the roof of the GetGo station under construction in Ravenna about two weeks ago has died from his injuries.

Shane Brewer, 42, of Tallmadge, died Aug. 11 from injuries sustained in the fall from the roof of the station on Aug. 1. Giant Eagle is constructing the station at 1363 E. Main St. in the Cotton Corners area of Ravenna Township.

Brewer, a Cuyahoga Falls native and 1993 Cuyahoga Falls High School graduate, owned and operated Akron Construction.

Ken Blubaugh, a firefighter with the Ravenna Township Fire Department, confirmed the fall took place at about 3 p.m. Aug. 1, and said firefighters transported him to Summa Akron City Hospital. He said Brewer reported he couldn't move his legs and had head injuries, but was alert and talking.

A representative of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration office in Cleveland said the incident is under investigation.

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He said Brewer was working on the roof of the building under construction and fell about 16 feet to the concrete floor.

Randy Edwards, whose son is married to one of Brewer's daughters, said he visited Brewer at the hospital after the incident, and although he was apparently paralyzed from the waist down, he was doing well and talking. There was talk of sending him to a rehabilitation center for therapy.

But on Aug. 11, he went into cardiac arrest at the rehab center and was taken back to the hospital, where he died.

Brewer left behind three minor children who live in Brimfield with their mother, Jodie Brewer

Survivors include his daughters, Savanna (Kyle) Edwards and Isabella, Catherine and Aubrey Brewer; mother, Linda (George) Monroe; father, Larry (Mary) Brewer; siblings, Shawn, Carla (Richard) Freeouf, Eric, Allison (Adam) Brown, Julie Monroe and Glenn Monroe; his fiancee, Becky Lamlien; and his dog, Titus.

Calling hours will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Akron Baptist Temple, 2324 Manchester Road, Akron, where the Rev. Ed Holland will conduct a funeral service at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial will take place in Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations can be made to PayPal at HopeforShane@yahoo.com or at a fund set up at Huntington Bank. A fundraiser will take place at Legends Sports Pub & Grille, 1840 Town Park Blvd., Uniontown, at 6 p.m. Sept. 10.

Redmon Funeral Home in Stow was in charge of arrangements.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com

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