The employee found dead at TimkenSteel Sunday afternoon was also an officer at a local police department.
The Creston Police Department announced late Sunday that Kenny Ray Jr. was one of their own.
Details surrounding the incident are still scarce but Perry Township Fire Chief Mark Martin said firefighters were were called out to the Faircrest Steel Plant at 4511 Faircrest St. SW in Canton for a non-responsive person Sunday.
TimkenSteel spokesperson Joe Milicia released this statement to newsnet5.com:
Around 3:50 p.m. Sunday, a TimkenSteel fire technician who was conducting a check of fire extinguishers at Faircrest Steel Plant was found unresponsive. The Stark County coroner later declared him dead at the scene.
Creston Police Department said on its Facebook page that Ray was new at the department but was immediately "well-liked and accepted" by co-workers. Creston police officials said he was a full-time safety officer at the plant as well as an EMT and firefighter in Uniontown.
According to the TimkenSteel website, the 20-acre plant has produced alloy steel products since first opening in the 1980s.
The Stark County Coroner's Office could not be reached for comment.
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