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Community welcomes home fallen Fire Chief in Eleanor

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The Brothers in Blue, along with other first responders, welcome home fallen Fire Chief, Shane Jividen. The Brothers in Blue, along with other first responders, welcome home fallen Fire Chief, Shane Jividen.
ELEANOR, WV -

Eleanor, WV Fire Chief Shane Jividen died Sunday Evening from injuries he sustained in an ATV accident in Webster County.  

He was 36-years-old.  Tuesday evening, dozens of members of the Brothers in Blue motorcycle club met to pay a final tribute to the fire chief, meeting members of the community that he served in Eleanor. 

He was a friend, a brother and a firefighter who loved his community.  The people who knew him wanted to welcome him back to his home in the way they believed he would have wanted to come back. 

"We're going to take him to the end, and we'll be with him until that point," said Wesley Holstein, a member of the River Valley Chapter of the Brothers in Blue.  The club is comprised of law enforcement, EMS workers, and firefighters.  Chief Jividen was a member, that's why they escorted him home.  

Holstein said, "We have a great respect for our own.  We take care of our own.  When something happens to one of us, it happens to all of us."

The procession started in Charleston, where they met with the hearse carrying Jividen's body.  They made their way to Eleanor, where they stopped in front of the fire department to pay their respects.  Children, friends, family and fellow first responders stood and waited to say goodbye.

Assistant Chief of the Eleanor Volunteer Fire Department, David Turley, said, "It's been remarkable the help we've received with the community behind us.  We need them at this time and it's nice to have."  Holstein said, "The chief would probably be smiling down on us right now, smiling, knowing that he's got a brotherhood that cares about him."  

For these first responders, brotherhood is a word that isn't used lightly.  It's a word that is getting a community through their time of need.

Visitation for Jividen will be Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Joint Forces Reserve Center in Eleanor.  The funeral is also at the Reserve Center, at 11 a.m. Friday.  Following the funeral, Chief Jividen will be buried at Buffalo Memorial Cemetery.