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Campbellsville University employee killed in freak accident

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Paul Dameron (Source: WLEX) Paul Dameron (Source: WLEX)

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A freak accident claimed the life of a University of Campbellsville staff member.

Paul Dameron, 58, was on his way home from work Wednesday. Campbellsville police said a rock passed through the windshield of his truck and hit him in the face.

A flag is at half-staff on Campbellsville University's campus to remember a man taken in an instant.

"The campus is really in a state of mourning," said John Chowning, Vice President for Church and External Relations. 

Dameron was just honored earlier this year for 30 years at the university, his alma mater. He's served in many roles during his time, the most recent as Director of Institutional Research.

"Paul played a critical part in the progress of the school," said Chowning.

After leaving work on Wednesday, Dameron was on Highway 55 when witnesses saw his truck drift into an embankment. Police later discovered a large rock passed through the windshield striking him. Investigators say a mowing crew was working in the area, but they aren't exactly sure where the rock came from. He died later at University Hospital.  

With such a sudden loss, friend and colleague Fred Miller can't help but think back to a conversation they had just a couple of weeks ago. "He began to talk about making final arrangements and he began to talk about different aspects of that and he said that's why you are here and he asked me if I would preach his funeral," said Miller. 

The two both believed that would happen years from now never imagining the request would be needed so soon. 

"I told him it would be an honor to preach his funeral," said Miller. But it's not his death those that knew him best want to focus on, it's the life he lived.

"He was not a tall man, but there are few men that I've looked up to more than he," Miller.

"For us our loss is heaven's gain," said Chowning. 

Dameron leaves behind his wife of nearly 30 years, three children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

His visitation is Friday in Campbellsville at Lyon Dewitt Funeral Home from 5-8 PM and his funeral will follow on Saturday at 10 AM at Ransdell Chapel in Campbellsville.  

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