Wife of lineman killed in fall from parking garage says you’re never prepared for that call

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WFLA) – Fort Lauderdale Police Department detectives are investigating the death of a Hardee County lineman who fell from a parking garage early Sunday morning.

The incident happened around 5:25 a.m. at the garage on 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Google shows a Westin hotel at that location.

Police said Scott Christopher Reid, 26, was getting ready to leave for work and was standing near his work truck when he fell from the 5th floor of the parking garage. Reid, who goes by Chris, often works in Fort Lauderdale for T&D Solutions.

“As a line wife, you always prepare yourself for that phone call. Your husband’s hurt or husband’s in the hospital. But you never expect to get it,” said his widow Chelsea Reid.

The circumstances surrounding his death are still unclear and his family is looking for answers.

“Honestly, there’s a lot of things in my mind. Everything,” she said.

A Fort Lauderdale Police Department spokeswoman said detectives are actively investigating his death and no further details are available at this time.

Scott is survived by his wife and two daughters. Those close to him said he was an avid Gators fan, enjoyed fishing, riding 4-wheelers, joking around and having a good time.

“Everyone keeps telling me how great of a guy he was,” Chelsea said. “It helps a lot.”

A viewing will be held Saturday, September 23 at Ft. Green Baptist Church in Bowling Green from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The service will begin at 2 p.m. and the burial will follow.

A GoFundMe page was created to help his family during this difficult time.

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