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UPDATE: Forked River Man ID'd as Electrocution Victim

Rich Grande pronounced dead after work-related accident in Manalapan

A Forked River man was electrocuted at around 10:30 a.m. Friday while working near the  on Daum Road in Manalapan, according to Monmouth County officials. 

Rich Grande, 20, was an employee of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), according to assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Marc LeMieux. Grande was reportedly electrocuted from a high-tension power line, police said.

Englishtown-Manalapan First Aid and Manalapan police were dispatched to the scene where CPR was performed on Grande. Local fire departments and Monroe EMS also were requested to the scene. Grande was reportedly electrocuted from a high-tension power line, police said. Advance Life Support called a medevac to the scene and a landing zone was prepared, but the medical helicopter was eventually cancelled, according to police.

Grande was transported by ground to CentraState Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, LeMieux said.

Grande was a 2010 graduate of and a 2012 graduate of Brookdale Community College, where he studied at FirstEnergy’s Power Studies Institute.

He was hired by JCP&L along with 35 others in June as new line and substation workers.

Grande’s profile picture on Facebook depicts him climbing a tall utility pole while at work.

According to his Facebook page, he was an avid hockey fan.

“For those of you who don’t know, Rich played for our league for many years, won several championships and was a great hockey player,” a group member of Lacey Roller Hockey said. “Rich was a respectful and caring young man! You will be missed by all of us!”

Others remembered Grande as a “good friend,” “great guy” and the “best neighbor.”

“People like Rich Grande are very hard to find,” Megan Buchta said on Facebook. “He was by far the sweetest most caring person I have ever met. He would do absolutely anything for everyone. I am so blessed to have met him and become best friends. He changed my life and I'm going to miss him more than words can describe.”

Brickresident August 06, 2012 at 02:26 PM
RIP bro it was great playing with you!
Rebecca Kinney August 06, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Sending deepest sympathies from the brothers and sisters of IBEW Local 459, employees of Penelec.
High Lines 1 August 08, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Rest in peace fellow Lineman. Been doing this for 21 years and it takes my breath away to hear something like this. GOD SPEED. New York
lacey4ever August 08, 2012 at 09:47 PM
The turn out for Rich's wake and funeral was beyond comprehensible. The lives Rich has touched in his 20 years was proof of the wonderful person that he was. May he rest in peace and watch over his family and friends forever.
Patricia DiSabato August 12, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Rich was one of the sweetest kids I ever had the pleasure to teach. My prayers are with his family during this sad time.

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