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A memorial honoring Chris Williamson was placed at the electrical substation on Enterprise Street that feeds power to the new North Alabama Medical Center. Williamson died June 5, 2014, while trying to repair a damaged electrical line. [COURTESY PHOTO]

FLORENCE — Electricity Department workers and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 558 have created a marker to honor a fellow worker who was killed on the job.

Chris Williamson died June 5, 2014, while trying to repair a damaged electrical line.

The marker is at the electrical substation on Enterprise Street that feeds power to the new North Alabama Medical Center.

"We are truly humbled and grateful for his sacrifice, and to all of the utility workers who serve our community every day," Mayor Steve Holt said. "Our prayers and gratitude will continue to be with his family and friends."

Electricity Department employees and the local IBEW funded the memorial, officials said.

The marker states it is a "Memorial for our fallen brother" and contains an image of Williamson on a utility pole.

It reads, "A loving husband, father of three, son, brother, and dedicated member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 558 and Journeyman Lineman for the Florence Electricity Department. His name will be spoken in reverence and his memory will live on in our hearts forever."

Williamson died after receiving an electrical shock while trying to restore electricity to an area in Hickory Hills off Arlington Boulevard after a storm, city officials said. He came in contact with a 7,200-volt line while preparing to complete repairs to it. He was 39.

Officials said Williamson began working with the department as a summer intern after graduating from Wilson High School in 1993. He had worked as a journeyman lineman since November 2008.

bernie.delinski@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5739. Twitter @TD_BDelinski

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