Sense of Community

It was a hot, humid July day in 1997 when sixteen-year-old Jennifer Williams and her then-boyfriend were driving on a rural highway near Couch, in south-central Missouri.

“He was driving down V Highway, and the right, front tire of his truck dropped off the edge of the highway. He overcorrected trying to get back on, and lost control. And he got thrown out, and I did, too,” Jennifer said.

Good morning, and welcome back to our Sense of Community series on local heroes.  I’m Jennifer Davidson. This morning, we hear of a utilities repair job gone terribly wrong, and we’ll hear this story through the voices of three men who were there.

The day after Thanksgiving, 2013, homeowner Scott Heidi was home alone working in his yard, mowing his grass.  He accidentally bumped a transformer, and about 15 minutes later saw something that looked like water seeping out of it.

Electric Linemen Use CPR Training to Save a Life

Mar 26, 2014

RANDY: Brian Wade has been an electric lineman for Laclede Electric Cooperative in Lebanon, Missouri for seven years.

"What's the job of a lineman?"

BRIAN WADE: The job of a lineman is making sure when people flip their light switch, the light comes on!  That's pretty much--maintenance is most of it, taking care of outages.

“For unusual heroism in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self.” That’s the message printed on an official certificate honoring Bryce Mulhall, a Springfield teenager who last month received the Lifesaving Honor Medal from the Boy Scouts of America.

The heroic act occurred last July on the Current River, where Mulhall was participating in a float trip with Troop 320.

“We took a break somewhere from canoeing and we decided to swim around the area,” Mulhall explains.