Central Texas community unites to help veteran shocked by power line

GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) – The community of Gatesville is rallying to help Jason Shields, a local veteran and businessman recovering in a hospital after being shocked by a power line on Monday, June 28.

Shields is the owner of Cutting Edge Graphics, a signage company.

His family and witnesses say he was removing a sign at a local business at the corner of East Main Street and North 24th Street when his lifting platform struck the utility line.

Witnesses said Shields’ shirt immediately caught fire, but the businessman remained resilient.

“He was coming down the ladder. He was consistent, ”said the man’s daughter, Yvonne Springer.

“I can’t even imagine anyone else could do this and he still shows so much strength in the hospital.”

Springer said his father was in stable condition and that medical staff at the Austin Burn Center had nicknamed him the “Bucking Bronco” because of the ferocity with which he fought.

Shields is a veteran of the United States Army and, according to his family, has fought in three wars. They say that his strength in the fight for his life now arose out of this.

“His service has definitely given him that resilience. It’s a pretty tough situation for all of us and not all of us are equipped to handle it, ”said Shields son Corey High.

On Monday, a group of local children also witnessed the incident. On Thursday, they set up a lemonade stand at the very site where it turned out to be raising money for Shields’ medical bills.

Community members also created a GoFundMe page raise funds for Shield’s recovery. There is also a fundraising event with tournaments and live music scheduled for August 1 at the Bare Bones BBQ in Gatesville.

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