The Selfless Shellfish

By Brian Faggin Batista

Born and raised in Hickory, NC, Casey Shell’s big thing is the smile on everyone’s faces.

When he’s not fighting fire to save somebody’s life, he’s facing gruesome temperatures to bring smiles and laughters to a important piece of the Hickory community: the Crawdad fans.

Shell grew up fast, having lost his mother at the young age of 16 and having to raise his younger brother, but the experiences and hardships shaped up a man that lives a life dedicated to helping others and making them smile.