Reinstate Billy Pierce
For seven years, Charles "Billy" Pierce has worked as a lineman for West Penn Power. He has always taken pride in his job and has been a loyal, reliable, hard working employee. In his 14th hour of work on October 14th, 2014, his life changed dramatically. A normal work day turned into a fight for his life as he was electrocuted working on a downed power line. He was rushed to a nearby emergency room with burns covering almost the entire right side of his body. Billy's family waited anxiously for any news on his condition, praying that his wife wouldn't be made a widow and that his children wouldn't lose an amazing father. But Billy is a fighter. After 11 days in a drug-induced coma and surviving on a ventilator, he began to pull through. Two surgeries introduced donor skin and skin grafts from his thighs to repair his right arm, back, and flank. Throughout the worst of it, West Penn Power's CEO of Safety, David McDonald, stood with Billy's family to offer prays and well-wishes. They felt so blessed that Billy worked for a company so compassionate. On October 30th, Billy was able to return home to continue his care. Although his body had begun to heal, his mental state had suffered and he was visited frequently by a home health nurse. Billy and his family wanted to be able to focus solely on his recovery, but West Penn Power had other plans. After only 40 days from the date of the accident, Billy lost his job in what can only be described as a hasty safety investigation. This revelation only drove Billy into a deeper depression, which has stunted both his physical and mental recovery further. Billy's wife has worked tirelessly to get copies of the accident report, training records, the company's safety handbook and guidelines, disciplinary polices and procedures, and any other pertinent information in regards to Billy's accident. To date, West Penn Power has ignored her repeated requests. This petition is asking that West Penn Power reopen their investigation into Billy's accident and reinstate him to his previous position until such an investigation is complete. We ask that said investigation be completely transparent and shared with Charles "Billy" Pierce and his family. Several employees of West Penn Power have had repeated accidents and were not left fighting for their jobs. We ask that Billy be granted that same courtesy. He wants his livelihood back. He deserves it. If you feel the same way, please add your name to this petition and help an honest man get his job, a job he takes pride in, back. Thank you for your support.