NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A worker for Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative died Tuesday afternoon after being electrocuted while working on a line between Garrison and Nacogdoches.
Aaron Sullender, 21, of Broaddus, is survived by a wife and two young boys.
According to Larry Warren, the DETEC manager, Sullender was working on the line on County Road 1362, following Tuesday's storm when he came in contact with a high-voltage line and was electrocuted around 2:30 p.m. He died later at a Nacogdoches hospital.
Warren said Sullender had worked for the coop for two years. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.
According to his Facebook page, Sullender graduated from Zavalla High School in 2008.
The crew foreman had the difficult responsibility of accompanying Texas Electric Coop investigators and later OSHA inspectors to the accident site.
"They will do a thorough investigation which is fine with us," Warren said. "We want to know the problem and if there was a problem and if it could have avoided, how."
Sullender's work ethic made former high school teachers proud.
"He had a good job, good job and we're so glad to see that here at Zavalla when kids go out and do well," Donna Hudspeth said. "Just a good down to earth kid, doing well in life."
Sullender was very shy. Teachers unnecessarily worried if he would ever have a girlfriend. Ultimately, his life was filled with a loving wife, two boys, and animals. He liked listening to Christian music and was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
"My heart goes out to the family and I hope they are comforted by all their positive memories of Aaron because he was truly a fantastic person," Kathy Lott said.
"We would usually leave about the same time every day and he would always walk up and want to shake hands when I was leaving or driving out," Warren said. "And, he was just a good guy and his crew thought the world of him."