On January 26, 2007, Jim and Linda Daughetee experienced a parent’s worst nightmare when their only son Shane, a 24-year-old volunteer fire fighter, died at a home structure fire after falling through the floor which was supported by engineered wooden I-beams.
Without warning, the floor collapsed sending him into the basement. Crews attempted to rescue him from the fully involved basement, but a subsequent collapse of the main floor ceased further rescue efforts.
“Shane’s passion for firefighting and helping others still lives on. His death has shown that we must push to see that homes are built to protect the lives of residents and firefighters. We will continue to educate others for the need of home sprinklers,” said his father Jim Daughetee.
Lieutenant Eliott Mahaffey was within an arm’s distance of Shane providing back-up while he knelt in the doorway. Mahaffey suffered burns attempting to rescue his fellow firefighter. “There’s no telling how much more good he could have done in this world had we only been able to get him out in time,” said Mahaffey.