Doctors at Harborview Medical Center are calling injured OPALCO Journeyman Lineman Kevin Zoerb the "Miracle Man.". Zoerb underwent a very successful surgery on his hand, which was burned in the accident on September 20, 2013 when he came into contact with a high voltage line.
The prognosis is good, although he still has challenges ahead. He will have several additional surgeries and remain in the burn center for at least another month.
The family has set up a Caring Bridge site to provide updates as they occur and a way to send messages to Zoerb and his family.
A "Zoerb Family Fund" has been set up at Islanders Bank to help with expenses. Donations to the Fund can be made through any Islanders Bank branch.
The OPALCO Board has committed $3,000 to the fund and invites OPALCO members to join the board in making donations, in order to meet the family's needs over the coming months.
A formal investigation of the accident is underway. Safety is OPALCO's top priority. The Co-op has a strong safety education and training program led by an industry expert, Jeff Myers of Columbia Rural Electric Association. OPALCO's safety committee meets monthly to review safety issues and provide training to both outside and inside staff.
Kevin Zoerb, the OPALCO journeyman lineman injured on Friday when he came into contact with a high voltage line Friday, was was awake and breathing on his own Sunday evening. This is ahead of schedule.
He was working on Lopez Island when he was injured. He suffered cardiac arrest and severe burns and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. He was admitted to the ICU Burn Unit in critical condition.
The family has set up a Caring Bridge site to provide updates as they occur and as a way to send messages to Kevin and his family.
A "Zoerb Family Fund" has been set up at Islanders Bank to help with expenses. Deposits can be made directly at any Islanders Bank branch.
The OPALCO family sends its love, hope and prayers to Kevin, his family and community.
OPALCO is a member-owned cooperative electrical utility serving about 11,000 members on 20 islands in San Juan County. OPALCO provides electricity that is 95% greenhouse-gas free and is generated predominantly by hydroelectric plants. OPALCO was founded in 1937 to bring electricity to rural islanders.