Accident claims life of City of Brady employee

Jeff McAda, 50, a six-year employee with the City of Brady electric department, was fatally injured late Saturday evening while working on a transformer on the northeast end of Brady. A service call was first reported around 6 p.m. Saturday when McAda, the on-call lineman at the time, responded and indicated transformer failure on Chase Street where it intersects with North Elm and North Blackburn streets. According to City Manager Merle Taylor, McAda removed the faulty transformer, picked up the replacement and returned to the scene for repair. It appears McAda was trying to maneuver the transformer into the replacement location when he made contact with the high voltage. The time of the accident was determined to have occurred around 10:30 p.m. Saturday evening. ‘Our crew was too shook up to continue the work and employees with Cap Rock Energy graciously came in and started rebuilding the transformer and the services,’ Taylor said. ‘They had crews working on it until 4 a.m. Sunday morning and were back Monday morning doing additional work in the area. ‘Cap Rock has also volunteered to send a crew in this week to assist the local Cap Rock office and the City of Brady for a few days. It’s extremely nice of them to help out, and we appreciate all they have done for us. ‘When you’ve known someone for six years, it’s a difficult loss, and the electric crew and everyone he came in contact with over the years are all pretty shook up. There has been a lot of camaraderie built up over the past six years, and he will be sorely missed,’ said Taylor. ‘We extend our condolences to his family and we will continue to try and assist them in any way we can. We are certainly saddened for their loss.’ City Hall will be closed from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, to allow all personnel to attend McAda’s funeral at 2 p.m. at New Song Christian Fellowship. McAda will be buried in Cowboy Cemetery, located in the northeastern part of McCulloch County. The City of Brady conducted a critical incident debriefing Sunday afternoon with City of Brady employees and will continue to provide counseling to help everyone cope with the loss.

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