Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo Honors the Memory of Andrew Reichwein

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 13, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo travelled to Western Kentucky to pay his respects to an individual who lost his life helping the Paducah community recover in the aftermath of last week's winter storm.

Andrew “Andy” Reichwein, an employee of Connexus Energy from Ramsey, Minnesota, arrived in Paducah early Tuesday morning to help the Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation with power restoration efforts. While working 30 feet above the ground restoring electrical lines, the pole on which Reichwein was working snapped, resulting in his tragic death.

At Lourdes Hospital, Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo expressed not only his gratitude for the outpouring of support from all out-of-state workers assisting Kentucky during this difficult time, but for the Reichwein family’s decision for Andrew to become an organ and tissue donor.

“Andrew Reichwein’s heartbreaking and untimely death is deeply saddening. Kentucky is still recovering from one of the greatest natural disaster in its history, with the assistance of good Samaritans from across the nation like Andrew,” said Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo. “He will be remembered as a true hero for Kentucky.”

Reichwein is survived by his wife, Deena and daughter Alexis, for whom a scholarship fund was announced yesterday in her father’s memory. Contributions to the scholarship fund are welcomed at any Paducah Bank location or may be mailed to Paducah Bank, attn: Alexis Tuscany Reichwein Memorial Fund, 555 Jefferson St., Paducah, KY 42001.