Michael Lemestre, Sr. Cable Splicer, passes away from injuries while at work.

Michael Lemestre and his wife, Michelle, pictured at ClubFest in 2006.


Rest in Peace, Mike

Michael Lemestre, Sr. Cable Splicer, Club Member, 16 years of City service, died of injuries sustained during an incident while at work Nov. 4, the LADWP announced. The incident occurred in Wilmington.

Flags at the LADWP’s headquarters and at all City facilities were flown at half-staff to honor the department’s fallen colleague.

“While working as part of a cable-splicing crew performing electrical service work, our employee contacted an energized circuit in an underground vault,” the LADWP wrote. “His co-workers rescued him from the vault and heroically tried to revive him by performing CPR, until LAFD arrived at the scene. Paramedics transported him to the hospital, but unfortunately he did not survive.

“This tragic incident serves as a reminder that the work that many LADWP employees perform on a daily basis to keep our City running, can be hazardous,” the department continued. “Our employees who work to keep our lights on and water flowing are unsung heroes, and on days like today, we are reminded just how vital they are to all of us.

“Our hearts are heavy today. While our commitment to our customers drives the work that we do, this tragic incident is a reminder that no task is or ever will be, more important to our work than our employees’ safety. LADWP is working with the appropriate agencies to investigate this incident and has also offered counseling and support services to the employees affected by this tragedy.”

The Club sends its condolences to Mike’s colleagues, friends and family, including his widow, Michelle.