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Hebron Man Identified as Worker Killed in Cincinnati Building Collapse

The man killed when part of a downtown Cincinnati building collapsed earlier this week has been identified as from Hebron.

Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco identified Preston Todd Delph, 58, of Hebron as the victim.

Delph was part of a contracting team working on a construction project at 4th and Elm streets downtown when part of an upper floor collapsed to the one below.

The collapse happened Monday afternoon.

Delph's body was found at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sammarco said.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many agencies from across the region and from as far as Columbus who came to our aid. We are grateful for the amazing cooperation and generosity of each of them," Sammarco said. "And to our own fire, police, and rescue teams and the wonderful Red Cross volunteers, thank you so much for standing and working with us these past two nights. You make our community that much better."

"This is an extremely sorrowful time and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and co-workers at this difficult time," said a statement from Turner Construction, which is overseeing the project. "We want to thank the region's first responders, emergency service workers and the American Red Cross volunteers for their tireless and selfless efforts through this entire ordeal.

"We are encouraging workers to utilize the grief counseling services that are available to them in the difficult days and weeks ahead."

"The partial collapse occurred during a concrete pour on the seventh floor, which fell into the sixth floor," a Monday news release from downtown Cincinnati development firm 3CDC said. "This was the highest level of the structure that had been completed. When finished, the building will be 14 stories tall."

-Staff report

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