Friends Remember Rattlesnake Roundup Volunteer Killed in Crash

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP -- Friends are remembering a beloved volunteer who was killed in a motorcycle crash, that involved his wife in Luzerne County.

Authorities said Shawn Murphy was riding a motorcycle on Route 29 Sunday night, which hit a sidecar attached to another bike.

Police told Newswatch 16 that Murphy’s wife was riding in the sidecar on the other motorcycle, and that she was not seriously hurt.

Vanessa Teetsel said word of the deadly wreck spread quickly through Murphy’s hometown in Wyoming County.

“He loved riding his motorcycle as well as snake hunting, enjoying his cabin and especially his family and spending time with his wife and girls,” said Teetsel.

The Noxen Volunteer Fire Company Chief told Newswatch 16 that he and Murphy have volunteered at the annual rattlesnake roundup fundraiser together for decades.

“We’ve been involved with the Rattlesnake roundup since 1972, the first one, said Lew Hackling. “He was just a good guy all the way around, always had a smile, his chuckle was contagious.”

Friends also said Murphy’s claim to fame is his picture, which is printed on the side of Twisted Tea cans.

Jackson Township police said Murphy was not wearing a helmet and that the crash is still under investigation.


  • Lorraine

    It’s always a shock to see a death like this on our small town. Shawn sat by my younger sister on the bus. Lew Hackling the fire chief sat on the bus with Shawn right behind or in front of my sister and they would always be teasing each other while traveling to school. My sister said he was a very nice guy and a good poet.

  • Caitlin

    Maybe just a horrible accident Garben! I am sorry for y’alls loss and we are thinking about the whole Murphy family down here in Texas!

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