Michael Koon & Shane Filkins

On April 8, 2018 at approximately 5:15pm, two IBEW brothers involved in a helicopter accident while working on a project near Smethport, Pennsylvania were tragically taken from us to soon.

Michael Koon (35) from Local 70 leaves behind his wife Amber and their two children (8 & 9). Michael is also the son of a Lineman.

Shane Filkins (23) from Local 317 leaves behind his high school sweetheart, Morgan, whom he was engaged to.  

Visitation for Shane is April 14th from 6pm-9pm  
Funeral for Shane is April 15th at 2pm

Crow Hussell Funeral Home 1701 Jefferson Blvd.
Point Pleasant, WV  25550 

Link to funeral home - http://www.crowhussellfh.com/obituary/shane-filkins

Condolences for Shane can be sent to the following:

Filkins Family
2923 Birch Ave.
Point Pleasant, WV  25550

Visitation for Michael is April 13 from 6-8pm
Stribling Funeral Home
118 West Main Street
Duncan, SC 29334

Funeral for Michael is April 14th at 2pm

Fairview Baptist Church
1551 Bryant Rd.
Spartanburg, SC. 29303

Link to Michael's obituary - 

Condolences for Michael can be sent to the following:

Amber Koon (Wife)
129 Springside Dr.
Boiling Springs, SC  29316

Koon Family (Parents)
459 Grazing Ridge Lane
Moore, SC  29369

All donations go directly to the families. If you would prefer to donate via check, please send directly to the families addresses above.

I am doing this fundraiser to help these families with immediate expenses; and also because my husband worked with these guys and was there the day this incident occurred. This hits really close to home for me and my heart and prayers go out to both sides . The money raised will be split between the families and sent to each family in the form of a cashiers check. In order to do this, Gofund me will issue the funds in my name and then I will separate the funds into two separate cashier checks (one for each family). I have been in contact with the families and they're aware that they will be receiving these cashier checks within the following week as Gofundme processes everything on their end. Thank you again for all of your support. You are all greatly appreciated.

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