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Man electrocuted during Belleville storms identified

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Jeremy Birich died in an electrocution in Belleville on July 13. Credit: KMOV Jeremy Birich died in an electrocution in Belleville on July 13. Credit: KMOV
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

A man who was electrocuted in Belleville on July 13 was identified Friday.

Jeremy Birch, 36, made contact with a fence charged by a live power line on 17th Street after the severe storm on July 13, according to the St. Clair County Coroner’s Office.

Tom Boyd, Deputy Coroner of St. Clair County, said Birch was moving a fallen limb from the fence when he made contact with the fence. He did not realize an active, fallen power line was also touching the fence.

Birch lived in Belleville with his long-time partner, Shanna Barnard, and their two children. Birch worked at A & E Truck Center. One of the owners at A & E Truck Center, Amanda Zimmerman, said Birch was an upbeat handyman that made others laugh.

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