OH: Hunter shot, killed by 15-year-old son
April 20, 2010
Streetsboro firefighter is shot, killed while hunting: Hit by 15-year-old
son who was trying to unload his gun
TWINSBURG - Shock and disbelief struck the ranks of the Twinsburg and
Streetsboro fire departments after members learned of the tragic death of Ty
Marlin on Sunday following a hunting accident in southern Ohio.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Marlin, 46, of
Streetsboro, was accidentally shot when a gun his 15-year-old son was
attempting to unload discharged, striking Marlin the back. Marlin had taken
his two sons on a kids-only turkey hunt in Adena, near Steubenville, that
Streetsboro firefighter and public information officer Kevin Grimm said
he was stunned when he received the news Sunday.
"It's unbelievable that something like this could happen within our
departments," Grimm said. "Ty was a guy who definitely kept things lively.
He was just really pleasant to work with."
The full-time firefighter/paramedic in Twinsburg for 17 years and
part-time firefighter/paramedic in Streetsboro for 16 years with the "hyena
laugh" and handlebar mustache was well-respected for his vast experience,
said Twinsburg Capt. Steve Bosso.
"Ty was a traditional firefighter," said Bosso, who is also the Ravenna
Township fire chief. "Whether it was the 1800s or 2010, Ty would fit in just
"He was the guy you wanted by your side with anything HAZMAT-related . he
was just outstanding at what he did."
A firefighter's funeral is being organized by the Twinsburg Fire
Department and will include a procession and other ceremonial salutes, Bosso
According to Jefferson County authorities, the accidental shooting took
place around 9 a.m. on land owned by the Short Creek Sportsman's Club as
Marlin and his two sons were returning on their four-wheelers from the
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said that as the trio loaded their
guns and equipment onto the cab of Marlin's truck, Marlin directed his
15-year-old son to unload the ammunition from a rifle when it discharged,
killing Marlin instantly.
Seven Twinsburg firefighters, including Chief Rick Racine, and two
Streetsboro firefighters made the three-hour trip to Adena, to tend to
Marlin's sons and retrieve his body Sunday.
"The love and compassion they showed to their fallen firefighter and his
sons was just unbelievable," Abdalla said. "They really rallied around them,
and just did a great job."
Bosso, who has known Marlin since he was hired in Twinsburg in September
1993, called his longtime friend and colleague, above all else, a devoted
"You want a dad, that's the guy," Bosso said. "He was very proud of
everything that his kids did.
"We're all better people for knowing him. He taught a lot of people a lot
of things over the years. He will be sadly missed by his colleagues at both
fire departments, as well as by the many lives he touched in both
communities through his involvement in various organizations."
Marlin, who also served on the Summit County's HAZMAT and dive/water
rescue teams, leaves behind his wife Elaine; daughters Angela and Jennifer;
sons Ty Jr. and Nicholas; and grandson Lucas.
His death marks the second time in less than two years that tragedy has
struck Twinsburg's safety forces, as police Officer Joshua Miktarian, 33,
was shot and killed following a traffic stop July 13, 2008.
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