Father of 3 killed after shed collapses in East County

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LA MESA, Calif. -- A GoFundMe was set up to support the family of a young father who was the victim of a deadly shed collapse in La Mesa.

Paul Sandoval was identified as the man who was killed after a wooden shed collapsed Wednesday in the 9100 block of Johnson Drive.

Sandoval was disassembling outbuilding behind a home when he was knocked unconscious and left trapped without a pulse, said authorities.

It took emergency crews about five minutes to pull Sandoval out of the collapsed structure when they started conducting lifesaving efforts after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Sonny Saghera, spokesman for Heartland Fire & Rescue.

Sandoval's pulse was restored once they arrived at Sharp Memorial Hospital, said authorities. He was admitted to the trauma center and later succumbed to his injuries.

Sandoval’s widow, Mariah, said despite her and her children’s loss, they did what her husband would want and donated all his organs to help countless others.

“He would always help, and he was always bettering himself,” she said. "Instead of like talking about making a change, he would do it.”

She said even after his death, his giving spirit continues.

“We signed to donate everything we could so his beautiful skin could go to people who needed skin grafts, and his healthy body could go to help people," Mariah said. "Thankfully he passed very quickly so they were like able to take his liver and his kidneys and like everything, so it was like really exciting.”

The father of 3 was the sole provider for the family. The GoFundMe can be found here.


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