Read one meter, move on, and read another. That pretty much makes up the daily routine of an LP&L meter reader. Last Thursday, however, was anything but routine for employee Chuck Barron.
Following his usual route, Barron made a stop at the 6100 block of Louisville, and stumbled onto something much more than date on energy.
"I was having trouble kind of focusing on that meter with the binoculars," Barron said. "I kind of peeked over the fence to try to get a better angle."
His eyes landed on something else. He said he noticed someone lying down next to a grill, but thought nothing of it.
"Something kind of caught my eye. The arm kind of kept coming back up, and at that point, it didn't look like they were messing with the grill," Barron said. "So I just kind of zoomed in with my binoculars and noticed it was an elderly lady."
That's when he ran down the alley and jumped the fence to get to 88-year-old Lucy Prcin.
"She was lying there, and you could tell she was in distress, and she was confused," Barron said. "I asked her if she was okay, and she told me what happened, that she was out there the night before, checking on something. She tripped over the patio furniture, and couldn't get back up, and she spent the night out there."
Barron said he is used to responding quickly. He served almost 13 years in the Marine Corps.
"My instincts kicked in, and I tried to get into the fence," Barron said. "Every single door I went through seemed like it was locked. So, I ran to the front and I dropped everything, and I just kept my binoculars and my UC with me and I climbed over the fence."
Barron said he feels he was in the right place at the right time.
"Pretty much just glad that I was having trouble with that meter, otherwise I probably would have just kept going," Barron said. "Just glad that I can help whenever I can, especially the elderly. I mean, the elderly have a lot of hard times, and a lot of times they don't have a voice, somebody to stand up for them or defend them, or take care of them. "So I am just glad I was able to be there for that lady."
Prcin was transported to Covenant with a broken femur. She is now in good condition.