Local Business Mourning Death of Two Employees

By: Vanessa Araiza
By: Vanessa Araiza

Employees of a local business are mourning the deaths of two employees. The men were both found shot in a house in the Battens Community in Coffee County earlier this week.

The company the two men worked for are taking each day in stride and are making a valiant effort to help the victims' families.

Employees at U.S. Helicopters are working with a heavy heart.

Kim Durden, with U.S. Helicopter Human Resources said, "It's just a tragic thing that has happened here. We are a small company who is very family oriented."

Former co-workers and roommates Scott Heib and Matt Helms were found murdered Tuesday afternoon at their home.

U.S. Helicopter General Manager Steve Bolden said, "It was tragic to everybody. We still are shocked here at U.S. Helicopters and as understandable the work force is very saddened by this even."

Now, staff at the company is working together collecting funds for their family.

"We have set up through U.S. Helicopters two accounts at Community Bank and Trust,” Durden said. “We use the local branch here in Ozark, one for Matt Helms and an additional for Scott Heib."

Many at U.S. Helicopters say the two gentlemen had a wonderful work ethic and came in with uplifting spirits.

Boldon said both were, "Extremely well though of by the workforce. Matt probably has one of the best work ethics I know of."

Durden added that both men "Have been just an excellent addition to the U.S. Helicopter family through reliance."

Matt Helms worked at the company for two years and leaves behind two children.

Next month would have been Scott Heibs year anniversary.

Counselors are being provided for employees.

If you would like to make a donation you can go to any Community Bank and Trust and ask to put it in Matt Helms or Scott Heibs account.

Enterprise Police are looking for any possible help from the public.

If you happened to be riding down Coffee County Road 622 between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, and saw unusual activity, possibly at the victim's home, contact police at 347-2222.


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