Tribute, condolences follow recovery of worker’s body from collapsed silo in Roy

Staff writerDecember 5, 2013 

Steven Green was a Marine. Late Wednesday, after emergency crews recovered his body from a collapsed grain silo in Roy, rescue teams paid their respects.

“We draped a flag in the appropriate way to honor his military service,” said Bob Vellias, chief of South Pierce Fire and Rescue. “Every member from the response team – we all stood at attention and saluted him as he went into the medic unit. We took the medic unit to our station, so the family could have closure in an area that was sheltered away from the public. We folded the flag and presented the flag to his wife.”

Green, 44, was buried under an avalanche of grain Monday. The silo at Wilcox Feed Farms ruptured, releasing an estimated 50 tons of corn. Rescue teams spent two days trying to find Green in the wreckage. Family members stood by and prayed for his survival. The sad answer came late Wednesday, when the crews finally found him.

Green leaves a wife and three children behind. Family members and friends declined comment.

Wilcox Family Farms released a statement Thursday evening.

“The Wilcox family extends our condolences, thoughts and prayers to Steven Green’s family for their loss,” said Brent Wilcox, CEO. “This is a devastating loss to our company and our community. Steve was an exceptional person and employee. Our family and all the Wilcox employees share in grieving his loss.”

The company added that a memorial fund in Green’s name has been established. Donations can be made at any Key Bank.

Thursday, Chief Vellias said that Wilcox officials and the state Department of Labor and Industries have taken charge of the incident site. Two other silos were damaged in the collapse. All three will be demolished.

“That’s going to be an ongoing operation,” he said. “They’re rebuilding that site.”

Sean Robinson: 253-597-8486

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