Goochland volunteer firefighter saves critical minutes in roadside rescue

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, VA (WRIC) — A volunteer fire fighter who also happens to be a Dominion Virginia lineman made what some believe was a life-saving phone call on October 15.

Jeff Moore was riding in a Goochland County fire truck when he and the driver got a call about an accident on Broad Street.

A vehicle had crashed into an electric pole, with the electricity still flowing to the area.

Dale Wilkerson, who lives across the street from the crash site, said “we didn’t know if we touched the truck whether it would electrify anybody.”

Within minutes of getting the call, Moore and other first responders were on scene.

After getting the pickup away from the power lines, Moore’s experience with Dominion came in.

“At that point I contacted Dominion since I’m a lineman for Dominion Virginia Power,” he told 8 News. “I notified them of the situation and advised them of what I needed isolated and locked out. The regional operator locked out equipment so we could get to work on the fire department side.”

Moore is now being hailed a hero for saving valuable time in the rescue.

“The power lines were over the vehicle and patient needed to be removed. We needed the facilities to be de-energized so they could work under it,” he said.

Because of Moore’s expertise, Dominion shut off power to the area. Responders then pulled the man out of the truck and took him to the hospital.

“By having me there with knowledge of the situation, I was able to speed the process up and alert the operator what we needed,” said Moore.

Wilkerson says Moore and other responders went above and beyond in the rescue.

“I was just proud of our fire and rescue and police,” she said. “I was like, ‘go guys!’”

But Moore was slow to take credit.

“This is anything a first responder would go through in a normal day on the job. Any lineman would do the same thing.”

8News is working to get updates on the condition of the driver of that pickup. Stay with us for the latest.

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