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Walker man dies of electrocution after trying to move energized powerlines

1 month 2 weeks 6 days ago Friday, May 24 2024 May 24, 2024 May 24, 2024 8:25 AM May 24, 2024 in News
Source: WBRZ

WALKER - A man was electrocuted and died Thursday after reportedly trying to touch and move active powerlines. 

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to the scene of Burgess Road Thursday evening. Entergy crews were reportedly working a call for service to address a power outage in the area. A downed powerline was in the area and crews followed the downed line into a nearby wooded area. 

Crews found the body of 39-year-old Jarod Schoeffel lying next to his ATV. 

"It appears [Schoeffel] came upon these low-lying power lines and attempted to move the energized lines," Sheriff Jason Ard said. 

Schoeffel's death was determined to be accidental. He was a father of two.

A GoFundMe has been started to assist the family with Shoeffel's burial service.

His wife, Heather Willingham, writes about her husband, "he was a good man who loved his family and friends. He loved making jokes and standing up for what he believed in. He was passionate about life and his loved ones. He was very talented and a hard worker. He will be severely missed by our children and his family and friends." 

Willingham says the funds raised will go towards funeral expenses. 

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