When his father finally came home after missing his son’s first birthday, the toddler was afraid of him. At least that’s what his parents later told Josh Reddick about his reaction to seeing his father, Kenny, return from a burn center in Kentucky with his left hand missing and his right hand reduced to three fingers permanently locked in a claw.
It’s something of a miracle that Kenny Reddick was able to be a part of this story at all, after 7,500 volts of electricity hot through his body while he was working for the power company back home. He’d been up in his bucket truck, working on a pole with the power shut off. He took a break for lunch, and while he was gone a supervisor ordered the juice to be turned back on.
After lunch, that’s how Kenny Reddick came to be electrocuted.
“He was claimed dead three times,” Josh Reddick says, “and they brought him back each time.”
As Kenny Reddick was left to figure out how to put his life back together, his two little boys, Josh and older brother Bradford, looked to him to be a dad just like the other dads. A dad who could come out to the backyard and play catch.
Kenny Reddick forced himself to learn how to hold a ball with his three remaining fingers and throw it.
“It’s crazy,” Josh Reddick says. “We’ve got videos of him back home, showing how he did it.