Written By: Ishton W. Morton – June 17th, 2019
Sadness! Sadness! OOOOOHH, What Manner of Sadness? According to police report a Cincinnati City Worker died on Monday, June 17th, 2019 at approximately 2 P.M. in the 4800 block of Hawaiian Terrace just after an incident involving electrical lines in Hawaiian Terrace.
According to the city manager’s office the worker is identified as Leroy Garrison Jr. an electrical maintenance worker in the Department of Public Services.
Subsequently, the city is suspending all non-emergency electrical maintenance while the death is investigated.
Cincinnati police officer Captain David Fink said; “emergency crews responded to the Mount Airy apartment complex after 911 callers reported hearing unusual noises and possibly issues with their power.”
Additionally, in a statement, the Cincinnati Fire Department said, “firefighters saw “active wires covering the bucket” of a City Public Services truck and called Duke Energy to shut off the power.”
Officials continues to say, once that was completed, Garrison was found inside the bucket. Thusly, he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the fire department.
Captain David Fink said; Investigators believe Garrison came in contact with a live wire while working.” He added “Garrison was working alone.
However, City officials have not said what work Garrison was doing. Meanwhile, police have stated the death is being investigated in the same manner as a homicide would be investigated because of the “unnatural causes” and the unusual nature of the incident.
Subsequently, Mayor John Cranley issue this statement; “Our hearts are with the family of Leroy Garrison Jr., a DPS employee who tragically lost his life today serving our City. Mr. Garrison leaves behind children, family and many friends and fellow public servants who will miss him desperately. While words offer little comfort today, I hope that our prayers can help ease the weight of the immense grief we feel right now. Please join me in praying for Mr. Garrison, his family and for the safety of all city employees.”
It is with deep sadness that we report that LeRoy Garrison Jr., an electrical maintenance worker with @CinPubServices, passed away earlier today from injuries sustained in the line of duty. We will lower the flags at all City facilities in his honor until further notice.
A Police spoke person said; Garrison was declared dead at the time. In addition, Duke de-energized power lines nearby after the electrocution, and the worker, who was in a bucket truck’s bucket after the incident, underwent a medical evaluation.
In-so-far, officers will search for surveillance video, interview nearby residents and establish a timeline of events.
On Monday along with the police investigation, City Manager Patrick Duhaney told City Council in an email that the city will conduct an investigation.
Duhaney has written; “All relevant policies and procedures will be evaluated as part of that process.” And ordered city flags to fly at half staff in Garrison’s honor. Also, grief counseling will be available to all Department of Public Services employees.