Requiem for a Lineman

By: Susie77 , 3:11 PM GMT on April 13, 2013

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[I wrote this on Thursday, in memory of my son-in-law's father, who was killed while repairing electrical service following the tornadoes in St. Louis on Wednesday evening.]

You were always on-call, day or night, no matter how horrible the weather. You were up on the pole before the rain even stopped, restoring power so we could have our boobtube and cell chargers and computers. When Katrina destroyed N.O., you left home and drove 900 miles and stayed for weeks in the sweltering humidity to get the power back on. When Sandy hit, you drove 1000 miles to help out there, staying in Red Cross shelters and paying for your own meals. You were smart and funny. You had the best facebook cartoons and jokes. You loved your family more than life.

You died today, restoring power to people who lost it during the tornadoes last night. We will miss you, David. Requiescant in pace.


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8. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:20 AM GMT on April 22, 2013
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7. Susie77
3:13 PM GMT on April 19, 2013
What timing, sp34. Today we go to bury David. Thanks for sharing the story.
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5. Susie77
9:42 PM GMT on April 13, 2013
Thanks, you guys. I have been guilty of being angry and impatient when our power has gone out. I will give more thought to those who get it back on in the future. They truly risk their lives, and sometimes they give their lives, so that we can have our luxuries.
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4. RobDaHood
5:28 PM GMT on April 13, 2013
Amen.
Nice tribute. My heart goes out to the family.

I have a couple friends that do this work. I met others from KY & NY after the Hurricanes of 2004. Good, hardworking guys who do a dangerous job that benefits all of us.

God Bless.
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3. ihave27windows
5:19 PM GMT on April 13, 2013
Sorry for the loss of your loved one.
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2. auburn (Mod)
5:15 PM GMT on April 13, 2013
Sorry for your Loss girl...♥
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1. shoreacres
5:11 PM GMT on April 13, 2013
I'm so sorry. One of the most touching things I saw while driving back to Houston after Ike was the convoy after convoy of people just like David, doing what they did best - taking care of people.

Blessings to you, and his entire family.
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