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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.”

Marie Korsak August 04, 2012 at 01:22 PM
They say only the good die young. My heartfelt sympathy to his family as they begin the most painful journey of their life. I know, Iost my son too. He was 27.
laurie carnes August 04, 2012 at 01:24 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to his friend's and family. Sorry for your loss. Sounds like our linemen family lost a great one!
NDK August 04, 2012 at 01:38 PM
This summer has been a summer of so many young mens lives taken....it's so tragic. I know he was close to Derek Percy that past away less than two weeks ago, now him. Hopefully they've met up in heaven and are playing the best hockey of their new lives! So sorry and deepest sympathies to the Grande family....I can't imagine the pain. My prayers continually for all of you, that God will comfort you through this horrific time.
Carmen dimartino August 04, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Tommy our prayers go out to your family and friends and can't imagine the pain your feeling. Talk to you soon.
william shook August 04, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I have been in line work for 12a years now and have loss too many of fellow brothers in line work my heart goes out to the family of this man,,,, RIP! My fellow brother this is your last climb now lay your hooks at the gates,,,,,
Mike Hutch August 04, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Rich this is the highest climb you will ever have to do to heaven. Hang the hooks at the gate before you you enter paradise. I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. My heart and prayers go out to the Grande family. Rest at ease my fellow Lineman.
Jimmy B August 04, 2012 at 04:37 PM
My name is Jim , I am a substation operator for PSE&G and I would like to send my condolences to this young man's family, friends, and coworkers. So sad to read about the loss of a fellow IBEW worker. May you always RIP Rich Grande
hahaha August 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM
RIP Rich. You will be missed.
Elizabeth Devecka August 04, 2012 at 05:23 PM
My thoughts and prayers to Rich's family <3 My son is also a lineman, My heart goes out to his Mom and Dad, He will be your Angel forever.
mommasuge August 04, 2012 at 06:02 PM
The good always die young. So incredibly unfair, my prayers go out to the family and all who new him. May you all find strength to help each other through the tragic loss of Rich Grande. God Bless
Shawn kline August 04, 2012 at 08:41 PM
RIP brother, I was looking forward to work with you. Rest easy brother!!
Isheet Mipants August 04, 2012 at 08:51 PM
God Bless You brother...I'm sure your fellow brothers are hurting as well!
Lacey Lover August 04, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I did not know they young man, but I do know that this was an unnecessary death. I agree with Jim and telco that he should not have been exposed to such danger with so little training. I hop OSHA steps in to see that this will now happen to another young man. My heart aches for his parents and I pray that they gain the strength to deal with such sorrow through prayers and the kind words from all his friends. Bob C
2much2say August 04, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Tragedies like this are so difficult, reading this brings so much emotion and heartache., I know how you all are feeling. ::(. It's true the good die young. Deepest heartfelt thoughts to all Family & Friends RIP Rich
Dale August 05, 2012 at 12:47 AM
My condolences to the family for losing their loved one at such a young age. RIP.
james August 05, 2012 at 01:10 AM
RIP Brother from all of us at IBEW Local 160 Mlps. MN
Louie August 05, 2012 at 02:16 AM
I understand he was on the ground working. A live wire fell on top of him.
local 1289 August 05, 2012 at 04:57 AM
rich wasn't in a bucket or on a pole when this happened.
francesca rusak August 05, 2012 at 05:49 AM
To my wonderful, funny, talented and always smiling nephew will miss you everyday of my life. Look down from heaven on your 21st birthday and we"ll have a drink . Love you for ever.
Kim D'Addario August 05, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Our sincerest condolences go out to the Grande Family. Sal, the kids and I are heartbroken to hear of this senseless tragedy :( Rich played baseball with our son as a child, and Sal was lucky enough to be his BBall coach for a few years. He was a beautiful, sweet child and grew into a fantastic young man. I hope his family finds peace in the love that was felt by so many. Rest in Peace to one of Lacey's Beloved Son's.
Sheryl DiDomenico August 05, 2012 at 08:28 PM
My thought and prayers are with the Grande Family all all his friends. I hope you will find comfort in knowing how many lives he touched .
justin August 05, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Rich was my asst coach for my hockey team that I coach in Toms River. This season is dedicated to you my friend. Every shift, every minute, every game. The team and I will miss you dearly. Love ya brother.
sp4535 August 05, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Rich at his line school graduation, Knowing his parents must have been very proud of their son, the lineman. knowing the ceaseless pain of losing a son, the Grande family will need everyones love and support, Rest in Peace, Brother.
Dean Umfress August 05, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Such a tragic loss of a young man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Death leaves a heartache that no one heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal. I know I speak for all the lineman out there. It breaks my heart to hear news like this of another lineman or apprentice.
Ken Pavlinec August 06, 2012 at 01:26 AM
My son just turned 7 and Rich gave him private hockey lessons. My son wished you were given him a hockey lesson Friday morning so you wouldn't have been there on that call. My son misses you. :( Rest in peace.
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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