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Grandparents mourn loss of Tennessee lineman killed restoring power after Harvey

(Submitted by Philip Lorenz III)

Grandparents remembered a Franklin County lineman killed this week while working to restore power to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.

The couple remembered Lachlan Brain, 22, as a young man who went into a disaster area to help people he didn’t even know. He died after being electrocuted on the job.

Brain was a lineman and lived in Winchester. He was working for eight days in Victoria, Texas.

Deputies said at one point, 99 percent of Victoria had been in the dark due to power outages after Hurricane Harvey.

“He was going down there to do good and be good and get the job done and get the power back on and come home,” said Valerie Lorenz, Lachlan’s grandmother.

His grandparents Valerie and Philip Lorenz III are coping with the tragic loss of their grandson with so much life ahead of him.

“He always comes home," a tearful Valerie Lorenz said. He's not coming home anymore."

Quarterback of the Franklin County High School football team during his senior year, Lachlan Brain graduated in 2013 and spent a large part of his life with his grandparents.

“I've had him back and forth since he was a baby,” says Valerie Lorenz. “Then of course he came to live with us, and we got him through those difficult teenage years. But he was determined. He wanted to be a lineman. He loved lineman school. He's always doing anything to help people. He loves doing something useful to help especially if it involves hard work.”

Pam Stubblefield has known Lachlan’s grandmother Valerie Lorenz more than 30 years. Stubblefield said Lachlan was always cheerful and surrounded by friends.

“He got his tuxedo from me for the prom," Stubblefield said. "He was just a happy, great young man."

A young man loved by so many, Brain’s grandparents said he had plans to start his own family someday.

“It's just all of a sudden," Lorenz said. "It's all over. We are just beyond devastated."

With his grandparents, Lachlan Brain’s memory lives on.

“He was just very special in every way," Lorenz said. "He really was."


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