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Western Kentucky lineman, father of 2 dies days after high-voltage shock

An image posted on a gofundme page created to raise money for Josh Franklin’s family. The page raised $19,565 of the $20,000 goal as of Tuesday morning.
An image posted on a gofundme page created to raise money for Josh Franklin’s family. The page raised $19,565 of the $20,000 goal as of Tuesday morning. gofundme

A Kentucky community was mourning Tuesday the death of a utility lineman more than a week after he suffered a high-voltage shock on the job.

Josh Franklin, who was a lineman for Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. in Paducah, made contact with a live wire on Jan. 6 and had been on life support since then, according to WPSD in Paducah. Franklin was married with two young children, according to several websites.

Residents had been kept updated on Franklin’s condition through the Graves County Prayer Chain.

Franklin suffered a major brain injury because of oxygen deprivation, according to an announcement Saturday on the prayer chain page. Franklin’s family learned that he had lost much of his brain function and made the decision to take him off life support Monday.

“Josh went home to be with our Lord at 12:30 today,” the page posted Monday afternoon. “We rejoice he is safe in God’s presence and mourn with the Franklin family as they go through such a difficult journey. Praying comfort and peace.”

The Western Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative posted Monday on Facebook its “sincere appreciation to fallen lineman Josh Franklin for dedicated service to his job and his community.”

A GoFundMe account was set up for Franklin and his family. By Tuesday morning, it had raised more than $19,500.

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