MANTUA, Ohio – A local business that makes customized rocking horses for the children of fallen service men and women suffered an unimaginable loss last night, when the roof of their workshop collapsed under the weight of wet snow and ice.
According to Scott Snyder, one of the founders of Hero’s Rock, he and his wife were just sitting down to dinner around 5:30 p.m. when they heard a noise that sounded like ice falling from a building. They looked outside their back doors, and saw the roof of their workshop collapse, and sawdust and insulation fly into the air. No one was in the building at the time.
Photo gallery: Hero’s Rock workshop collapse
Snyder tells Fox8 that Mantua fire and police departments responded right away, and were able to save some of the handmade rocking horses as well as drawings and templates for other projects.
Snyder and his wife Trish, posted this message on their Facebook page:
“We are still in shock. Less than an hour and a half earlier Scott was out there preparing for our upcoming project. We are saddened by this set back, but so very grateful that it was not worse.
Naturally, this is going to cause some disruption to our projects. We will rebuild…we just have no idea what the time-table will be.”
Hero’s Rock is a 501(c)3 non-profit program that builds custom tribute rocking horses for the children of fallen service members, including military, police and fire. Working with the family we try to incorporate things that are important to the hero. Each rocking horse is customized to reflect the fallen hero. Their latest project was to craft a Tribute Police Car Rocker for the 4-year-old daughter of Akron Police Officer Justin R. Winebrenner, who died last November while off duty and trying to break up an altercation at an Akron bar.
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