Twin Brothers Die During Power Outage

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VALLEY SPRINGS —

Neighbor Steven St. Sure shares what he saw Tuesday, when a mass outage left his block without electricity for hours.

“I was watching TV, trying to get something on demand. All of a sudden the power went off,” St. Sure said.

Shortly after that, his neighbor Julia Hall called 911 for her twin sons, Ryan and Joshua, who were connected to breathing ventilators for life support. They suffered from muscular dystrophy.

Deputies arrived to find the 22-year-old brothers in distress and immediately started CPR. But the young men didn’t make it.

Sheriff detectives are now investigating if the power outage contributed to their deaths.

Sheriff Gary Kuntz said they’re also looking at a number of possibilities, including why the backup system to the ventilators failed.

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