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City of Danville remembers recent fallen utilities lineman

Hundreds of people remember fallen Danville Utilities lineman, Samuel Thompson, at a memorial service on Saturday. (Photo: @CourtnyJodonTV)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- The Danville community came together to remember a Danville Utilities lineman who died last month, Samuel Thompson.

The City held a memorial service Saturday morning at Averett University's north campus and hundreds of people came to remember their family member and friend.

"We lost an employee from the city and it affects us all," Thompson's co-worker Joey Meadows said.

Family member and friends said Thompson, or otherwise known as "Sam, "Sammy"or "Buck," was a caring person and loved to make people laugh.

"He never met a stranger... laughed constantly," Meadows said. "Just a great person; great soul and he will be missed greatly."

Thompson was electrocuted and killed while working on a power line on July 6th, according to the city. He was 63-years-old.

He worked as a lineman for Danville Utilities for more than 20 years, but had around 40 years of experience.

"Lineman work, that's his passion it's always been his passion," Thompson's eldest niece Chyvetta Broden said. "All I've ever know my uncle to do is be in the bucket."

Thompson's family members traveled from Louisiana and Alabama just so they could celebrate his life with the city they say he loved.

"Since all of this has happened the people of Danville has been real supportive to all of us," Broden said.

Many of his co-workers even traveled to his funeral in Louisiana a couple weeks ago.

"Just to see [how] someone can leave such a great impression on a complete community," Broden said. "I've learned that my uncle loved everybody and everybody loved him. It's hard to fight back the emotions of what I saw today."

"His number was 56," Meadows said. "Whenever he cleared up an outage or was finished communicating on his radio that was his slogan. He would say 56 clear and everyone knew that was Sam Thompson."

Danville Utilities employees told us Saturday the investigation into Thompson's death is still underway.

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