CAÑON CITY, Colo. (KKTV) - An employee was killed in an explosion at a state prison on Dec. 4.
On Thursday, the Colorado Department of Corrections identified the employee as 28-year-old Sergeant Joshua Voth, a father of three.
A memorial service for Sgt. Voth is scheduled for Dec. 13 in Colorado Springs at New Life Church. The church's address is 11025 Voyager Parkway on the north side of the city.
Click here for a GoFundMe set up to help the family.
There is also the option to contribute to the Josh Voth Memorial Fund by going to any Wells Fargo branch. The branch should be able to look it up under the name, but the bank has also asked that the public use the account number to deposit in which is 7317164395.
The following statement was shared by the Department of Corrections:
"Sgt. Voth had been with the department since 2016. He was a husband and father of three young children who was beloved by his family, friends and his fellow DOC staff members. Sgt. Voth was a Correctional Support Licensed Trade Supervisor who helped teach offenders valuable trade skills.
“It is hard to put into words the level of sadness we all feel to have lost Josh,” said Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Dean Williams. “His DOC family grieves with his wife, three precious children, and all of the friends and family who loved him. He will be dearly missed, but he will never be forgotten. Our primary concern continues to be ensuring his family have the support they need, and that as a department we are able to band together during this tragic time.”
This incident is currently under investigation by the appropriate state and local officials. While it is very early in the investigative process, at this time it has been confirmed that Sgt. Voth was killed as the result of a boiler explosion.
At this time there are no additional details to provide regarding what caused the explosion.
DOC wishes to thank the Canon City Fire Protection District, AMR Canon City, the staff at St. Thomas More Hospital, and local law enforcement for their support.
DOC is grateful for all those in the community who have asked how they can help. The family is currently in the process of coordinating a donation fund, and DOC will provide further information about that in the coming days."
Firefighters responded to the Fremont Correctional Facility just before noon, where they discovered a boiler had gone off. Lt. Shane Roberts with the Cañon City Fire Department described the event to 11 News as a "catastrophic failure."
The correctional facility is located within the East Cañon prison complex. which is just east of Cañon City
We will continue to update this article as new information is released.