Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson and
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said Brian Huffstetler, 29, a City of
Alcoa electric line worker, was killed after he was struck by a falling tree
while working as part of a “trouble crew” in the Hughes Loop area of Blount
County Monday evening.
Huffstetler was taken to Blount Memorial
Hospital by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service following the accident. He was
pronounced dead a short time later as a result of blunt force trauma.
Huffstetler was working with a crew
Monday evening to restore electric service in the area and was in the process of climbing
the utility pole when he was struck by the tree.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is
investigating the accident.
Huffstetler is survived by his wife
Katie, their two children, and his parents Rick and Mary Alice. He was a
dedicated, energetic, and enthusiastic employee who will be greatly missed. The
City of Alcoa staff requests prayers the
family and that the privacy of the family be honored as they
mourn Huffstetler’s passing .
Mt. Carmel Baptist
Church has established the Brian Huffstetler Memorial Fund at First Tennessee
Bank. Anyone wanting to make a donation to the fund may do so at any First
Tennessee Bank branch loacation or send donations directly to the church at: Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Brian Huffstetler Memorial Fund, 910 Walker School Rd.,
Maryville, TN 37803. This is in addition to a Go Fund Me to benefit his family at gofundme.com/for-the-family-of-brian-huffstetler.