Restoration update Feb. 19, 2014
Article was added on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Lineman injured while helping to restore power stays on the
At this point, about 40,000 member's electricity has been restored.
That does not mean the ones without electricity aren't just as
important. We will stay in emergency mode and continue to work
diligently to restore every member's service. This is the story of
one lineman who went above and beyond the call of
Steve Pendleton is one of the hundreds of out-of-state lineman who
came to S.C. last week to help Santee Electric Cooperative in its
power restoration efforts. He'd only been on the job for
about three hours when he had a brush with death.
As Pendleton and his crew were working along Highway 521 near the
town of Foreston, they heard a car approaching at a high rate of
speed. That car struck another car in the road, then spun
around. It was heading toward Pendleton when Santee Electric
Cooperative lineman Scott Lee grabbed Pendleton and pulled him out
of the way. The car grazed Pendleton on his left side.
He later learned that he'd actually broken his knee cap. But
instead of heading back to his home and his children in North
Carolina to recuperate, Pendleton stayed in S.C. and was back on
the job site the next day!
We appreciate Pendleton for his determination to stay and help our
power crews get the job done. He has now returned home for
follow-up care with his doctor, and we wish him a speedy
recovery. We also thank Lee for his quick thinking and
willingness to help out a fellow crew member in what could have
been a tragic situation.
Above, Scott Lee of Santee Electric Cooperative and Steve Pendleton
of Energy United Cooperative in N.C. pose for a photo on
Tuesday. Photo by Adrel S. Langley
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