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River victim quiet, sweet

| Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005

WEST BROWNSVILLE - A Washington County man who drowned when a towboat and coal barges went over a dam on the Ohio River early Sunday was remembered as a quiet, easygoing student.

Edward Michael Crevda, 22, of West Brownsville, was one of three men confirmed dead when the swollen Ohio River pushed the vessels over Montgomery Locks and Dam in Industry, Beaver County. A fourth man is missing and presumed dead.

Crevda was working as a deckhand for Campbell Transportation Co. Inc., of Dunlevy.

He was a 2000 Brownsville Area High School graduate.

Principal Richard Gates said Monday that Crevda visited him at the high school last month.

"He just stopped by not long ago and said how things were going good for him," Gates said. "He said he was happy with the way everything was going."

Gates and one of Crevda's former high school teachers, Linda Karol, described Crevda as a well-behaved, quiet student.

"He was a real sweet boy with a good sense of humor," Karol said. Crevda's parents, Gary and Linda Redman Crevda, both of West Brownsville, could not be reached yesterday.

In addition to his parents, Edward Crevda is survived by two sisters, Nikki and Nicole; his maternal grandmother, Norma J. Redman; and his girlfriend, Melissa Hiszanick.

The Skirpan Funeral Home, Brownsville, is handling the funeral arrangements.

Tom Fisher, of Latrobe, and Scott Stewart, 36, of Elm Grove, W. Va., were killed. Rick Conklin, of Crucible, Greene County, is missing.

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