Lee County native killed in Ala. balcony collapse

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

Friends of Andrew Scribner remembered the Nettleton native as “amazing” and “awesome” as they mourned his accidental death on Monday.
Scribner, a 25-year-old Iraq veteran, was killed when a wooden deck collapsed under a group of Fourth of July partygoers at a Hoover, Ala., apartment complex. Scribner and six others fell 30 feet to the ground. He was the only one killed.
Hoover Fire Department spokesman Rusty Lowe said Tuesday that Scribner was pronounced dead at the hospital, another person was in critical condition and three others are hospitalized with serious injuries. Two people were treated for minor injuries and released.
The cause of the collapse is being investigated. Lowe said the cause will probably be determined by the apartment owner’s insurance carrier.
Scribner listed Bessemer, Ala., as his current city and Birmingham as his hometown on his Facebook page. He also lists that he attended Homewood High School in Birmingham from 2002 to 2004. He was a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, serving in Kuwait.
Scribner was born in Lee County, and his family still lives in Tupelo.
Several posts on Scribner’s Facebook page expressed grief about his death.
“R.I.P. Drew Scribner … you were an awesome guy and I’m glad I got to chill with you the few times I did,” one comment read. “Your friends and family are in my prayers!”
Another read: “Completely shocked, Drew Scribner you were an amazing person with a beautiful heart rest in peace amp& you will be missed.”
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.