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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 began Friday.

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 fine.

"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 said.

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 turkey hunt.

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 family man.

"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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