PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A utility worker from Minnesota died
Thursday after a 30-foot fall while working in western Kentucky to
restore power knocked out by a recent ice storm.
Andrew Reichwein, 35, of Andover, Minn., was in Paducah, Ky., to
help restore power that was knocked out by an ice storm, which
swept the state last month.
He was working on a pole about 30 feet in the air, when the pole
snapped Wednesday. Reichwein fell, and the pole and a 300-pound
transformer landed on him. Another worker fell but was not
Reichwein was pronounced dead at 8:30 a.m. CST Thursday of a
closed head injury, McCracken County Coroner Dan Sims said.
The death was among 36 that Kentucky officials say are related
to the January ice storm.
Reichwein will live on through organ donation, his brother said.
"We hope that, through the organ donation process, others will
be able to benefit, and those families will be able to enjoy Andy
the way that we enjoyed Andy in his life," Ross Reichwein said
during a news conference shown on WPSD-TV in Paducah.
Also speaking at the news conference was Kentucky Lt. Gov.
"We all owe the Reichweins a great deal of gratitude for, one,
giving us Andy, or Andrew, to help Kentuckians in this time of our
need," he said, "and, two, for this generosity of donating his
organs so others might live."
A memorial fund was being established for Reichwein's family,
Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. CEO G. Kelly Nuckols said.
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