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CHS Graduate Helps Several People in Need

January 16, 2013
By Kaitlyn Dollens of Centralia High School Activities

As many people know, Hurricane Sandy swept across the New England states, leaving many people out of electricity and wondering what they were going to do. People from all across the country came to help with hurricane relief efforts, and one of them was Mark Morse, a Centralia high school alumnus who graduated in 2007.

Mark works for KIOWA Line Builders, INC. that is based out of Tipton, Missouri. They went to Baltimore, Maryland, to work with a company called Baltimore Gas & Electric, and then he was moved to New Jersey where he worked for PSE and G. He was gone for 16 days total, but four days were spent driving. While working, Mark said “we worked very long days we got up at 5:00 in the morning and usually got back to the hotel around 9:00 or 10:00 at night while there we worked very hard putting power lines back up and re-energizing them so that people would get their lights back on.”

When asked what it was like, Mark replied, “It was a great experience to be able to help so many people and to see things that I had never seen before like the Statue of Liberty. The destruction was pretty bad in some areas, and it was a lot of work in order to get the power back on.” He also stated that he had never seen destruction like that before, and that he could not believe a storm could cause that much damage.

He says he will never forget when “ we worked in one neighborhood all day one day at a very fast pace in order to get the power back on. At the end of the day I was up in the air fixing a down line using a headlamp to see because it was dark outside. When I got down, a lady came over to me and thanked me and then asked if we would be able to get the power back on soon? I told her that we were on our way to turn it back on as we were talking and that if we did our jobs right she would have power within the next two minutes or so. She then started to cry because she was so happy to have power back on and that she would be able to bring her kids back home who were staying with family that already had their power on. The whole neighborhood had been without power for about 12 days. That is something that I will never forget. That feeling that I was doing something great for so many people. We ended up turning on the power to about 300 hundred people that night.” Mark also said that he would definitely go back if he was needed and that he loved helping so many people that needed him.

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