Dedication of Westwood Substation Set for May 24

May 19, 2017


REXBURG, Idaho — Rocky Mountain Power announced the dedication of a new substation for Jefferson County, Idaho, to be named after a longtime employee, Jim Westwood, who was killed on duty while offering assistance to a stranded motorist during a winter storm in 2011.

The dedication will be held Wednesday, May 24 at 11 a.m. at the Ririe Senior Citizens Center, 395 Main Street in Ririe.

Paul Radakovich, vice president, transmission and distribution operations for Rocky Mountain Power, will deliver remarks at the ceremony, along with other employees who knew and worked with Westwood. Members of Westwood’s family will be present to remember Jim.

“Jim Westwood was a dedicated Rocky Mountain Power lineman and troubleshooter who helped keep the lights on in this region for 33 years,” said Radakovich. “On November 25, 2011 as he was responding to an electrical outage, Jim stopped to assist a stranded motorist. While doing so, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The selfless act of service that took Jim’s life is indicative of how he lived and how those who knew him will remember him.”

The Westwood substation is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of 65 East and County Line Road (145 North). Construction began in January, including new lines to connect the substation to the power grid. The substation will help the company meet the electrical needs of new customers and the growing needs of existing customers in the Upper Snake River Valley.

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