CINCINNATI — City buildings lowered flags to half staff Tuesday in honor of electrical maintenance worker LeRoy Garrison Jr., who died Monday while working on Mt. Airy power lines.
He appeared to have been electrocuted, police Capt. David Fink told reporters at the scene in the 4800 block of Hawaiian Terrace.
"Preliminary, it looks like an electrocution, an accidental," Fink said.
In a statement, the Cincinnati Fire Department said it responded to a request to check an electrical bucket that might have a city employee inside. Fire crews noticed active wires covering the bucket and requested Duke Energy's help.
Once Duke cut off the electricity, the bucket was lowered to the ground for evaluation, and Garrison was declared dead by the Hamilton County Coroner's Office.
The Cincinnati Police Department will handle the investigation.
“Our hearts are with the family of Leroy Garrison Jr., a DPS employee who tragically lost his life today serving our City," Mayor John Cranley wrote in a statement Monday evening. "Mr. Garrison leaves behind children, family and many friends and fellow public servants who will miss him desperately. While words offer little comfort today, I hope that our prayers can help ease the weight of the immense grief we feel right now. Please join me in praying for Mr. Garrison, his family and for the safety of all city employees.”