MARIETTA— The Red River Valley Rural Electric Association released a statement late Thursday regarding a local lineman killed while working to maintain electric infrastructure. The REA employee, identified as Ronald Moore, 45, had 14 years of service with the company.

According to the Red River Valley’s manager and CEO Brent Hartin, “Working as a lineman can be extremely dangerous. Today that danger became all too real,” Hartin said. The incident occurred around 1 p.m. on Thursday near the intersection of Highway 32 and 96. The co-op has launched an investigation to determine what led to Moore’s death. 

“This is a very sad time for the co-op and we’re asking everyone to pray for the victim and his family,” Hartin said. 

More information will be released as it becomes available.