The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 10, 2013

‘Prayer is healing my boy,’ dad says of injured teen

By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer

SHARPSVILLE — Ed Luchey believes in miracles.

His son Tyler’s improving condition in the days since he was electrocuted June 29 in a construction accident reinforce that belief.

“Everything’s good. Miracles are happening every day,” the elder Luchey said.

“Prayer is good. Love, support, prayer is healing my boy,” Ed Luchey said.

Eighteen-year-old Tyler Luchey graduated June 7 from Sharpsville High School, where he was a standout athlete on the football and basketball teams.

On June 29 – a Saturday – he was working for Ed Luchey’s business, Affordable Builders, when at 4:30 p.m. he apparently hit a high tension electrical wire with a roofing tool.

He was electrocuted and the force of the shock threw him 30 feet off the roof and he was slammed into the sidewalk below.

He was burned, his neck was fractured, his ankles and heels were broken and he was burned over 40 percent of his body, according to Ed Luchey.

He’s in the burn and trauma unit of UPMC Mercy, Pittsburgh, where his father says, “He’s in the best of hands.”

He’s had several surgeries, including one on his neck and some skin grafts and “he’s doing better than great,” Ed Luchey said Tuesday from Tyler’s room.

“Awesome,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

He’s conscious and alert and has enjoyed visits from family and friends.

“He’s cracking jokes,” Ed Luchey said.

The people of Sharpsville and the rest of the Shenango Valley have supported the family, he said.

“The community pulled together. The love and support of the community is awesome,” he said. “The prayers, the thoughts, the support. Everything’s healing.”