ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It's being called a freak accident, "As he was cutting the timber, the tree that he cut fell against another tree, caught the top of that tree and basically lifted the bottom of that tree up. It pushed him over and caught him between the dozer blade and the tree, itself," described Sgt. Jim Bowling of the Kentucky State Police.
Police say 30-year-old Josh Ferguson was logging in the woods off Lower Licking Road (KY 1722), in Rowan County with several other people when he was killed. He was pronounced dead on the scene, by the coroner, just before 1 p.m.
"It happens, it's a very unfortunate thing. It's a tragic accident and it cost someone their life, today," added Sgt. Bowling.
Ferguson served as a Captain for the Elliottville Volunteer Fire Department, where tonight, his brothers at the station are feeling the loss.
"It's a total shock, I talked to him a couple of days ago and he's still young and thought to have a full life ahead of him. Words can't describe it," said Captain Mike Thomas by phone.
Thomas says Ferguson grew up being a firefighter and said he loved everything about it.
"He was our first junior fireman," said Thomas of the program that started more than 20 years ago, "he was here probably when he was ten-years-old and he's been with the fire department ever since."
When Thomas first learned of Ferguson's accident, his heart broke, but it was even harder to think of the family he left behind, including his bride-to-be.
"Last Tuesday he brought the invitations to all of the guys. He was supposed to get married September 22nd, just a month-and-a-day away."
While these firemen are trained to handle accident scenes like this, knowing it's one of their own is harder to help.
"It's even worse when it's one of our own," described Thomas.
Even though this was just an accident, it's still hard to understand how this described "outdoor lover" could be taken so soon, especially from those who call him a brother, a son, and a friend.
The Elliottville Fire Department did bring in counselors to help Ferguson's co-workers handle their grief. Thomas says the men anticipated on visiting Ferguson's mother and grandmother, tonight.
No funeral arrangements have been set at this time.