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July 8, 2013

Danvers Electric director to keep the lights on in Reading


“Your engineers and your linemen here have live electricity in their hand all day long,” O’Brien said. “It’s like a loaded gun all day long, protecting themselves and the public from the potentials of that type of hazard.”

One of the other things O’Brien will miss in Danvers is being dressed in a giant light bulb costume named Volta. For the past 18 years, O’Brien became Volta for school electric safety programs and town open houses.

The Saugus native has three daughters: Lauren, 20, who is a photojournalist in the Air Force; Ayla, a sophomore at Masconomet Regional High; and Megan, a freshman at Masco.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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