Joseph Long Obituary, Death – On Monday, two young men from north-eastern Georgia were electrocuted while attempting to break into a power company substation. Tragically, they both died as a result of their actions. It has been reported by a number of different news organisations that the fatalities took place in the early morning hours at a Georgia Power Co. substation that is situated in an industrial neighbourhood to the south of the city of Gainesville.
According to Kevin Wetzel, the Deputy Coroner for Hall County, who spoke with the local news outlets, the deceased have been identified as Shane Joseph Long, age 45, and Christopher Blair Wood, age 44, both of Gainesville. Both men lived in Hall County. Investigations by pathologists are currently being carried out on their bodies. According to the Gainesville Police Department, the two individuals were attempting to steal something when they were killed.
It is believed that they had broken into a fenced area and were trying to take copper wiring when they were killed. Emergency personnel were sent to the scene of an explosion and possible fire, but they were unable to rescue the bodies for several hours owing to the danger that the electricity posed. The explosion and potential fire occurred at a chemical plant. Pap Datta, proprietor of the adjacent Liquid Nation Brewing, told The Times of Gainesville that the substation is enclosed by a high fence and has obvious signs. Mr. Datta’s comments were published in The Times of Gainesville.
In answer to the enquiry, Datta offered the following response: “I’m not sure what they were trying to steal.” “I’m going to guess that one of the officers found a backpack at that spot, and that it’s one of theirs because they collected it. The reason I say this is because they collected it. And if you give it some thought, how much might they have gotten away with, perhaps a few hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise? And the only life that was lost as a result of that is this one? It is unfortunate. To even consider it brings about a great deal of distress.