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Richmond Hill man dies after fall
Worked for roofing company
Joseph Martin
Joseph Martin, who reportedly fell to his death on the job Wednesday, loved to fish. - photo by Photo provided.

The family has set up an account to help pay for Joseph Martin's funeral expenses. It is at

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating the death of a roofing company employee who fell through a skylight of a warehouse Wednesday.

Joseph Martin, 19, of Richmond Hill, died after being transported to a hospital following the incident at National Gypsum Co. on Brampton Road.

West Chatham Precinct Patrol officers responded to the business at 2 p.m. after being advised that Martin and a co-worker were on the roof when he stepped on a thin fiberglass covering that allowed sunlight into the warehouse and fell through it. He was attempting to secure himself to a safety line at the time.

The Occupational Safety Hazard Administration has been advised of the death.

Meanwhile, Martin’s family has established an online account to help pay for funeral expenses, according to friend Jessica Bene.

She said Martin was a “kind-hearted, adventure-loving young man full of zest for life and compassion for his loved ones.

Bene said the 19-year-old enjoyed “fishing, and making his family and friends smile and laugh themselves to tears. He was a stranger to no one and had many people in Richmond Hill’s community that considered themselves to be another ‘mother,’ ‘father,’ ‘brother,’ or ‘sister’ to him.”


Link to the online account:

Video of Martin with Josh Bene at their high school graduation party.




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