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North Little Rock Electric lineman dies after electric shock

The City of North Little Rock says it appears Doug Thurmond, 53, was dispatched at approximately 6 a.m. to a call of a streetlight wire in the road due to a wreck. (KATV Photo)

A 17-year- employee of North Little Rock Electric was killed while fixing a streetlight wire Wednesday morning.

The City of North Little Rock says it appears Doug Thurmond, 53, was dispatched at approximately 6 a.m. to a call of a streetlight wire in the road due to a wreck near the intersection of Broadway and Karrot streets.

Emergency personnel were notified of the work accident at 7 a.m. and say his injuries were consistent with an electric shock.

Thurmond is survived by his wife, Lisa, and his son, Michael.

An internal investigation into the accident has begun.

"My heart is aching today for Lisa, Michael, and Doug’s whole family," Mayor Joe A. Smith stated. "Our linemen do a dangerous job and we too often take for granted the service they provide. Doug was the definition of a true public servant. He would work in uncomfortable conditions so we could keep our lights on and be warm and safe in our homes. We owe Lisa and Michael the prayers of our city, the gratitude of our community, and the knowledge that we are heartbroken for their loss."

"Doug was a friend to so many here at NLR Electric," said James Bray, the general manager for North Little Rock Electric. "He would go above and beyond and was often commended for his job performance. Doug’s skill as a journeyman lineman was exceptional and everyone in our service area has at one point or another benefitted from his outstanding work. Doug was a man of faith, he lived his faith, and our prayers are now joined with his entire faith community. Michael has lost a father and Lisa has lost her husband. We at North Little Rock Electric are devastated for their loss."

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