Sheriff's Office releases ID of electrocuted Alto man

Source: Kendrick Polk
Source: Kendrick Polk

ALTO, TX (AP) - The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of an Alto man who was electrocuted at his home Monday night.

Kendrick Polk was 37.

"He got along with everybody," said Polk's widow Sheletha Polk. "He never ran across a stranger. He was always laughing and talking."

"He was one of a kind," said Polk's best friend Byron Verdell. "He was the type of guy that loved hunting and fishing, that's all we ever did together."

According to his widow, Polk had left to go hunting Monday afternoon.

""My husband was getting ready to go hunting and he told me that the lights were out,that the power line was down," said Polk. "So I called the power company at 5 o'clock and they never showed up."

According to a press release, deputies were called just north of Alto on County Road 2449 to a possible electrocution. Polk was found about 25 yards south of a home.

"I kept waiting, looking for him to come back and I saw the spark bu the creek behind the house and then I saw him laying there." Polk said.

Polk said a friend that lived next door helped her pull him out of the creek and she tried to perform CPR on him, but it was too late.

When deputies arrived, the line was still making a popping noise and EMS could not touch Polk until someone from Oncor arrived to shut off the power.

Alto Fire Department was also called in to assist with crowd control, as people had begun to crowd around during the investigation.

"I'm going to miss him a whole lot," Verdell said. "He was my best friend. He was there for me when I had my stroke last week."

"I wish he was here with me," Polk said. "I miss him so much."

Funeral arrangements are still pending. The Polk's neighbors and family are raising funds to help pay for funeral costs.

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