‘Just a good person’: Family, friends remember GE employee killed in deadly accident

Herring was killed after an accident while working at GE's Appliance Park.
Herring was killed after an accident while working at GE's Appliance Park.
Published: Feb. 18, 2019 at 12:42 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A longtime employee of General Electric died Sunday after being injured at Appliance Park on Friday.

The employee has been identified as 54-year-old Steve Herring by friends and family.

Crews said Herring was conscious and talking on the way to the hospital, but badly bruised.

Herring's nieces are still reeling from the shock and say this happened way too fast.

“He's the life of the party,” said his niece Eboni Herring. “As soon as he walked in the room, you knew he was there,”

“Just a good person,” added his niece Jalyn Herring. “Always there for everybody. He would take the shirt off his back.”

Steve Herring was the fun uncle that Eboni and Jalyn say was a huge light in their lives from day one.

“When I was little he took me to the Ohio River and let me play in the river,” Eboni laughed. “My grandmother was so mad and he was like just let her play, she’s a kid let her play.”

“He was my buddy,” Jalyn said. “We used to watch SpongeBob all the time, so I used to say, ‘You’re my SpongeBob’ and he would call me Patrick every time he would come in the room.”

A family focused man, deeply involved in his church and his job at GE.

“I just had a dream about him Tuesday and I said that I was going to call him and tell him my dream, but I was busy and I didn’t have a chance to call him,” said Eboni.

The two women feeling stunned, not knowing what went wrong.

“It’s just starting to hit me,” Jalyn said as she began to tear up.

The local GE Union says Herring was pinned by a metal fixture that holds foam insulation on Friday while working on the refrigeration door line, succumbing to his injuries two days later.

Leaving a huge void in live of Jalyn, Eboni, and Eboni's 3-year-old son. Steve was the younger brother of their father, and his only sibling.

“He would be 55 in August,” Eboni cried. “Our birthdays were two days apart so we used to have birthday dinners together.”

Officials haven’t said what Herring’s exact injuries were or how they caused his death.

Buechel Fire confirmed that they and Okolona Fire responded to a man in a machine at 12:38 p.m. on Friday and transported him to University Hospital.

A statement from GE confirmed the employee died Sunday:

The GE Appliances team is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our employees. He was injured on Friday, Feb. 15, at approximately 12:30 p.m. while working on the refrigeration door line at Appliance Park. The employee was immediately taken to a local hospital where he underwent treatment.

The safety and wellbeing of our employees is our top priority. We immediately launched a thorough investigation, which is ongoing, to understand the cause of this tragic accident.

On Sunday, Feb. 17, our employee passed away. He was a valued team member with 24 years of service who was extremely well-liked and respected by his colleagues. We are grieving his loss and are working with his family to provide assistance during this difficult time.

Louisville's GE Appliance Park (WAVE 3 archive photo)
Louisville's GE Appliance Park (WAVE 3 archive photo)

Monday night there will be a vigil at 8 p.m. in front of the plant.

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