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7620 Volts Don’t Stop Genesee Man

Aside from some scarring on his fingers and a missing big toe where 7,620 volts of electricity exited his body, Tig Cornell has fully recovered and is ready to return to work. "Everybody's pretty much told me that I'm lucky," he said. "Everything just happened to work out perfectly the day that it happened." The 35-year-old Avista lineman was severely burned on Jan. 27 while his crew was repairing power lines along the 2700 block of Sixth Avenue in Clarkston. Cornell, who is from Genesee, said he has absolutely no recollection of the day of the accident or the week after it happened. "I lost seven days where I don't remember anything," he said/Kevin Gaboury, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (And: Avista Dan provides Huckleberries w/a video of the utility's reaction to a mock electrical accident in May here.)

  • Lewiston Tribune photo: Avista lineman Tig Cornell considers himself lucky to be alive, thanks to quick reaction from co-workers Dave Paradis (left) and Mike Knight (right) to administer CPR and the rapid response by emergency workers after he came in contact with a live wire in late January.

Question: When and where were you last shocked by electricity?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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