UPDATE: Thouands Pay Respect to Fallen Fire Chief

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
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UPDATE 9/6/13 @ 5:55 p.m.
ELEANOR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands came out Friday to pay their last respects to Eleanor Fire Chief Shane Jividen.

Jividen died in an ATV accident as he was raising money for another West Virginia fire department.

"Those who volunteer to fight fires are people who truly care," family friend Ryan Powers said. "Shane cared."

Before the funeral procession made its way through Eleanor and Buffalo, more than 400 arrived at the Joint Services Armory.
Men and women in uniform filed past the open casket, saluting Chief Jividen one last time.

"I never knew," said Louise Smith, who was in awe of the crowd. "I never realized how much people thought of him. He was my neighbor, a good guy. However, I never would have imagined all of this.

Thousands of students from both the Buffalo and Eleanor schools lined the route, their educators believing the event was a life lesson.

"Just recognizing this was someone important; this was a community leader for Eleanor," George Washington Elementary Principal Mary Myers said. "We pay our respects. It's letting the community know we care."

UPDATE 9/1/13 @ 10:10 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Funeral services have been set for a fire chief who died Sunday night.

Visitation for Eleanor VFD Chief Shane Jividen will be Thursday from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Joint Forces Reserve Center in Eleanor.

Jividen's funeral will be at the same place, Friday at 11 a.m.

Following the funeral, Chief Jividen will be buried at Buffalo Memorial Cemetery.

Jividen died from a head injury he suffered because of an ATV crash. It happened during a poker run in Webster County, Saturday night.

UPDATE 9/1/13 @ 10:10 p.m.
ELEANOR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- They came together to pray for their chief's survival, but after Eleanor VFD Chief Shane Jividen's death, his fellow firefighters spent an evening praying for his family and for each other.

"I've never had anyone this close to me pass away before like this, so I'm just taking it really rough," Michael May, Jividen's fellow firefighter and friend for 16 years, said.

Jividen, 36, was riding in a poker run to raise money for Webster County's fire departments on Saturday. Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said no one saw the crash happen, but Jividen was driving a four-wheeler that rolled over and ended up in a ditch.

"He's a fighter, but it was a lot for any person to take care of, the highest levels of swelling they've ever seen," May said of Jividen's head injuries.

Jividen was taken by helicopter to C.A.M.C. in Charleston, where he died just after 6 p.m. Sunday.

"Give you the shirt off his back and then apologize for it being dirty," May said. "If he knew you were down, he would try to find a way to bring you up."

Assistant Chief David Turley said it was a rough situation.

"It's tearing at us. It's tough," Turley said. "It pulls us together, it pulls our county together, but it's a very tough situation right now."

His family, friends and fellow firefighters say they'll remember him as a hero.

"Any time that you put your life on the line to save one else's, and he's done that many times, and that's what it is, it's recognition of a hero," Sheriff Deweese said.

Jividen's fellow firefighters said he will be given a full firefighter's burial.

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UPDATE 9/1/13 @ 6:50 p.m.
A fire chief who was involved in a crash Saturday night has died.

Eleanor VFD Chief Shane Jividen died just after 6:00 p.m. Sunday in the hospital, according to Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese.

Jividen's fellow firefighters say he was riding on a multi-use vehicle in a poker run in Webster County when the crash happened.

Firefighters are banding together at the department Sunday night ; praying for Jividen's family.

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A fire chief is fighting for his life after he was seriously hurt during a poker run in Webster County.

His fellow firefighters tell WSAZ.com Eleanor VFD Chief Shane Jividen is in the hospital with a bad head injury and swelling around his brain.

Firefighters say Chief Jividen was on a multi-use vehicle that crashed during the poker run.

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