Services set for 2 students electrocuted on farm

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Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 7 at 2:16 PM

OKAWVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A tiny southern Illinois farming community is saying its farewells to its high school's senior class president and another popular classmate electrocuted last week while they worked on a farm.

 
Visitation for 19-year-old Nick Bledsoe and 18-year-old Justin Eldridge was scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday in Okawville Junior-Senior High School's gymnasium, where services for both were planned for 9 a.m. Tuesday. Burial was to be in separate cemeteries.
 
Bledsoe and Eldridge died Thursday night when they accidentally moved an aluminum irrigation pipe into an overhead power line while trying to free a raccoon inside the tube.
 
The Washington County school district has roughly 550 students, with just four dozen or so in their senior class. Bledsoe was the class president.
 
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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