BALLLINGER - An employee of the City of Ballinger was killed in a accident involving heavy equipment late Wednesday afternoon.

Ricky Nombrano, who was employed for the past 10 years with the city, was killed while operating a piece of heavy equipment in the 300 block of 8th Street.

City Manager Bryan Grimes said the "the City of Ballinger suffered a tragic loss of one of our own," in a news release Thursday morning.

"He was a loyal co-worker, leader and friend," Grimes said. "He will be missed by all who knew him."

Grimes went on to say that the staff of the City of Ballinger was "heartbroken by this tragic loss and our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with at the city."

The City of Ballinger is working to provide grief counseling for family members, employees and the staff members, "as we mourn the loss," Grimes said.