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Family, friends remember construction worker killed in the airport a



PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) –

The family and friends of a construction worker killed in an accident at Sky Harbor Airport remember him as "a damn good man."

Melvin "Wayne" Self, 52, was killed when a drill collapsed Monday. Itself was caught under the collapsed plant.

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It took a few days for the rescue teams to finally locate Self's body and recover on Thursday afternoon.

The four-day wait was painful for his family.

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9659003] Greg Self, Wayne's younger brother, does not want Wayne to remember as a "missing construction worker" ,

"He was not just a nobody," he said in a telephone interview.

"He liked to hunt and fish, we went out into the wild all the time," he continued. "Just one outgoing person all the time. Every weekend we go buggying. He was just full of life."

"There's nothing my brother could not do, he's a manufacturer, a welder, he taught me a lot … he's a great guy," Greg said.

Greg Self also said he wanted to thank everyone in his week for supporting the family.

"I'd like to thank everyone out there across the country who supported my brother and the fire department," said Greg.

Greg said his brother had lived in Chino Valley and left behind five children, grandchildren and a fiancé.

To make things even more difficult, Greg is also done with the death of his father, who died last month. 19659003] Jay Darrow is the best friend of Self. The two had worked together for years and he described him as a good man.

"We miss him," Darrow said.

"Wayne never got into such a situation," Darrow continued. "If it were not right, he would not have placed himself there."

According to the information on the GoFundMe account, Self's last action was an act of bravery as he called for employees to get away at work. The hole began to spin around his drill.

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The accident occurred when construction crews were working on the Sky Train Guidance System at Sky Harbor International Airport. They dug the holes for the concrete pillars that support the siding of Terminal 3 with the rental car area.

According to the information on the GoFundMe account, Self's last action was a selfless act of courage as he shouted for co-wokers to get away as the hole began to collapse around his derrick.

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"It was just an unusual accident, basically what happened," said Darrow.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help Self's family.

[The Wayne Self GoFundMe account]

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