A falling tree branch took the life of 41-year-old David M. Schrock Monday while the former Philomath resident worked in the vicinity of downed power lines in northern California.
The Siskiyou County (California) Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an industrial accident at 10:17 a.m. Jan. 9 in the vicinity of State Route 89 near Interstate 5 south of Mount Shasta, which is about 60 miles north of Redding.
According to the Sheriff’s Office’s preliminary investigation, “a hazardous tree branch was being removed when it struck a worker at the location. The victim sustained fatal injuries as a result of the incident.”
Schrock was a journeyman lineman working for Michels Corp., on a contracting job with Pacific Power. Workers were needed to repair downed power lines following the winter storm that struck the region early this week.
“It has been confirmed that the victim was working away from the main roadway, after traversing a snow-covered area in a ‘Sno-Cat’ type vehicle when he was struck by a tree branch removed from the vicinity of a nearby power line,” the Sheriff’s Office’s press release reported.
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Schrock attended Philomath High School for a short time in the 1990s and was living in Waldport with his wife and two sons. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Monday at the Waldport Foursquare Church (180 Huckleberry St.).
“On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and workers of Mr. Schrock in the aftermath of his tragic death.”
Schrock was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ Local Union 125.
“Dave was an extraordinary IBEW lineman, husband, father, son and friend,” reads a GoFundMe page created in his memory and to help the family. “Dave was the man that would give anyone the shirt off his back.”
The GoFundMe page (www.gofundme.com/fallen-lineman-david-schrock) had an original goal of raising $25,000, but that was quickly surpassed. As of noon Friday, people had donated $45,746.