A year after life-threatening accident, OPALCO 'Miracle Man' returns to work

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative journeyman lineman Kevin Zoerb is back at work following an arduous journey of surgeries and healing for injuries he suffered in September 2013 after coming into contact with a high voltage electrical line.

Dubbed the “Miracle Man” at Harborview Medical Center, Zoerb, a Lopez Island resident, has made a remarkable recovery.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin back to work,” said OPALCO General Manager Foster Hildreth. “Kevin is a veteran lineman; he and his family are important members of the OPALCO family.”

Zoerb was working on the south end of Lopez Island when he came in contact with a high-voltage electrical line in the morning of Sept. 20. He was airlifted to Harborview and admitted into the burn center in critical condition at the time.

The Co-op said in a press release that it is committed to supporting Zoerb as he regains strength and transitions back into the trade.

"We expect to see him back in full force within a year," the Co-op noted in its press release. "OPALCO’s Safety Program will provide additional training opportunities to make sure this type of accident never happens again and to ensure the safety and confidence of all of our operations staff."

A community barbecue is scheduled on Friday, Oct. 3, noon to 3 p.m. at the Lopez Crew Station to celebrate Zoerb's recovery and return to work.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings will be provided. All are welcome.


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