- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - The Consumers Energy Foundation is supporting a community college scholarship program to honor a utility worker who was struck and killed by a vehicle while on the job three years ago.

Jeffrey H. Creel, of Bronson, was hit June 22, 2012, while the journeyman line worker for Consumers Energy investigated a downed power line near Jonesville. His death resulted in an increased effort to educate motorists about roadside worker safety, emphasizing the phrase “slow down and go around.”

The scholarship is to assist those interested in becoming line workers.

The program is in conjunction with Lansing Community College, Alpena Community College, the Michigan State Utility Workers Council and Consumers Energy. Each of the schools will select one recipient to get a onetime $2,500 payment toward educational expenses.

“Jeff worked with a lot of good people, and I pray for their safety every day,” his widow, Robin Creel, said in a statement. “I’m pleased this scholarship program will train future line workers to continue the important work done across Michigan.”

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy, a unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp.



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