Bolivar: Coroner identifies victim of well explosion

3:16 PM, Jul 18, 2012   |    comments
Courtesy: Brandie Hanley
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BOLIVAR -- The Tuscarawas County Coroner has identified the 19-year-old man who died Monday in the oil well explosion in Tuscarawas County.

The victim was Paul Sherman, 19, who lived in Jackson Township near Canton. He was a 2011 graduate of Canton Central High School.

The state fire marshal and OSHA continue to investigate the incident.

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Sherman is the son of Michael Sherman, owner of MKE Producing. He said his son was a full-time college student and was doing some work for him that day.

Officials said Paul Sherman was doing touch-up painting at the well site when it exploded just before 9:50 a.m. Monday.

Sherman said his son had attended Baldwin-Wallace College last year and was planning to transfer to Kent State's Stark Campus in September.


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