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Samick remembered as loving father of 2

May 08, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - When a soil compactor rolled over Brian G. Samick in a landfill accident Monday morning it not only crushed out the life of the young surveyor, it left his wife without a husband and his two little girls without a father.

Samick, 34, of 2746 Hoffman Road in Greencastle, was pronounced dead at the Mountain View Reclamation landfill on Letzburg Road, Upton, Pa., around 9:30 a.m. Monday by Kenneth L. Peiffer Jr., deputy Franklin County coroner.

The official cause of death, according to an autopsy completed Tuesday, was multiple trauma, Peiffer said.

Police did not release the name of the equipment operator.

Samick's death was the second fatal accident at the landfill in two years. On April 6, 2000, Henry C. Wallech, 48, of Hagerstown, was killed when he was run over by a truck that had just dumped a load of trash.

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Tracy Samick, 32, said her husband was a licensed surveyor for Earth Tech, a Philadelphia-based company with a contract to work at Mountain View Reclamation.

Samick was working on a new trash collection cell under construction at the landfill when the heavy piece of machinery backed over him. Pennsylvania State Police said the operator did not see Samick.

He had been in the business for about 10 years, his wife said.

Samick grew up in St. Mary's in northwest Pennsylvania, the youngest of eight children.

"He was definitely the baby of the family and he knew it," said his sister, Betty Manno, 45, of Reading, Pa.

Tracy Samick said she and her husband met in 1987 while both were students at Penn State University. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in surveying technology. They were married in 1991.

Their daughters are Jessica, 6, and Laura, 4.

Tracy Samick grew up in McLean, Va. She has a degree in social work and works for First Data Merchant Services in Hagerstown.

Samick adored his girls, his wife said. "They meant everything to him and they had their way with him," she said.

The family moved into their new colonial-style home a few years ago. Samick built much of the house himself with the help of family members and friends, she said.

"My husband was very handy. He liked to work with wood. He made me a cedar chest before we were married," she said.

Samick had many interests, his wife said. "He liked to hunt and fish and he loved Notre Dame football and the Dallas Cowboys. NASCAR, too."

He knew his way around a kitchen, too. "He was famous for his chili and he always cooked for the big family holiday dinners and parties," she said.

The Samick household was jammed with family and friends Monday night who came to support Tracy and the girls.

There will be two services.

The first will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in Hagerstown and the second will be on May 18 in St. Mary's for friends and relatives there.

One of Tracy's friends is flying from Colorado for Saturday's service and one of Samick's closest friends is coming from Oregon for both services.

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