SYRACUSE — A Syracuse man is in critical, but stable condition following an electrical shock sustained Monday, Sept. 7.
At 4:54 p.m., Syracuse Police and Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call, finding Syracuse resident Jason Veenstra, 40, conscious but severely burned.
Veenstra, a Syracuse Police reserve officer, was strapped to a tree located on South Syracuse-Webster Road while trimming limbs for his business when his pole touched a live wire. Veenstra immediately dropped the pole, but suffered burns from the contact. According to the police report, Veenstra lost consciousness for a small period of time, but remained harnessed to the tree while police waited for NIPSCO to arrive and turn off power as a safety precaution.
Turkey Creek Township Fire and EMS responded to the scene and Samaritan Air was called to transport Veenstra to St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, where he is recovering in the burn unit.