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Restoration update Feb. 19, 2014

Article was added on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lineman injured while helping to restore power stays on the job

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 duty.

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.

  Injured lineman

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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