A Belize City man is inconsolable tonight after watching his 22-year-old son plummet 200 feet to his death.
It's a tragedy that no parent should ever have to bear and one that Troy Polonio could never have imagined when he and his son Jevaughn set out on an early work day yesterday.
They are tower climbers and the father was teaching his son the high risk trade when tragedy struck.
And while the incident made the news yesterday we haven't heard from the family, a family that has endured far too much loss in the last two years.
I got the chance to speak to Polonio this morning about his son's tragic fall.
22-year-old Jevaugh Ramclam died yesterday after a tragic fall from a 200-foot tower.
He'd been up there with his father doing a routine second job of the day, but that's when tragedy struck leaving Troy Polonio helpless, watching Jevaughn fall to his death.
Troy Polonio, Father of the deceased "About 1 o'clock we left from channel 5 and went to Benny's compound up the road, we were to mount one AP equipment for internet, I took up the actual equipment and my son took up the cable and we went up about 200 feet and it's routine he knows what to do, does it all the time, so I'm there now on one end of the tower and the tower is huge so i'm about 12 feet from him so I toss the cable that I have that he's to hold over that side and he was to toss back his."
"So I saw him move down, and I asked Jevaugh what are you doing and he said I'm getting the cutters to cut the cable because apparently he cable tied it onto his chest but he had already pulled it up and secured it to the cross member for the tower, so I said okay."
"So he cut away that next thing I know, or next motion I saw he moved but he was coming forward I see I saw the man going backway, I screamed out for him, but he was just going until he was out of my sight. I tried to come down the tower as fast as I could and I was hollering for the man, no reply. I got down there and saw him on the ground, I tried to check him hoping that he was just unconscious but in my head I already knew we were so high, I was just praying for some kind of miracle."
Polonio says that when he'd finally lost hope in that miracle and stopped calling out to his son, all that was left for him to do was to remove Jevaughn's safety harness.
But he wonders whether that harness bears the fault of his son's death and says that shortly after removing it he noticed that the clip on the left side, the one that's meant to be secure, seems to have come loose. But he'll never know whether that was the cause or the result of Jevaughn's fall.
Now all he can do is reminisce about a hard-working and obedient son who was also a very jovial person.
Troy Polonio, Father of the deceased "Jevaugh they love DJing he and his brother you know, they love parties, they like to go but he's a cool guy he's always willing, just the day before he asked me, dad I need a little money to buy a dog, I said Dog, but I ended up giving him the money and he bought the dog so that's all we have here but he's an outgoing person, I can't say anything bad about him."
And this morning during our conversation Polonio wondered out loud whether he's destined to lose his sons once they come of age telling me that another son, his Jr. was murdered in the street just a little over a year ago. Its part of the reason why he didn't push his two remaining sons too harshly in what he acknowledges is a dangerous line of work.
Troy Polonio, Father of the deceased "One thing I do or don't do is if they don't want to go work I don't force them to, you know whatever they want to do they do."
"If they want to go work with me today, sometimes they don't feel like going I just get somebody else to take, because of the line of work we do I don't force them to and worse of recent it got worse because we can't get any coverage for our line of work now. None of the insurance companies, all they want to do is reap and reap and reap but they don't see that probably it's a losing venture there are only so many rigors in Belize. It's not like cars. We have thousands and thousands and thousands of cars. They are ready and willing to ensure those because the odds of an accident happening is you know, it'll be covered but in the line of work, we do it at a risk."
Jevaughn Ramclam leaves behind a son, two-year-old Jayden.