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Fundraiser for West Penn Power worker injured in Florida tops $30K

Patrick Varine
| Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Tracy Slaugenhaupt, 53, of Summerville, remains hospitalized in Bradenton, Fla., following a serious injury while working on power lines in Englewood, Fla., on Sept. 20.
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Tracy Slaugenhaupt, 53, of Summerville, remains hospitalized in Bradenton, Fla., following a serious injury while working on power lines in Englewood, Fla., on Sept. 20.

Support is pouring in for Tracy Slaugenhaupt, the West Penn Power lineman who was injured after making contact with a 7,200-volt electric line while working on hurricane relief efforts in Florida.

Slaugenhaupt, 53, of Summerville in Jefferson County was injured Sept. 20 while working to restore electricity to Florida Power & Light customers in Englewood, Fla.

A GoFundMe page organized to raise money for his medical bills and family has topped $30,000 since being set up eight days ago.

An update to the page, which is now being run by Slaugenhaupt's son Devin, notes that Slaugenhaupt suffered burns over more than 40 percent of his body, and surgeons were forced to fully amputate his right arm on Sept. 26.

“It got to the point where it was life or limb, and the choice was clear,” Devin Slaugenhaupt wrote in a Facebook update late this week.

Slaugenhaupt remains hospitalized in Bradenton, Fla.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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