Movie Premiere Serves As Backdrop For Injured Man's Fund-Raiser


Those in attendance of the private showing of the movie "Black Cloud" Sunday at Sawmill Theatres will have the opportunity help a Gisela man seriously injured in an accident.

According to former Payson resident Shawn Haught, who is working with movie star Rick Schroder in bringing Black Cloud to Arizona, those invited to the Payson premier may donate to help defray hospital expenses incurred by Dorvin "Skooter" Wilson.

Wilson, an employee of Hashknife Construction, was seriously injured Aug. 23 while helping his employer Taylor Hale move a mobile home.

According to Hale, Wilson was on top of the mobile attempting to lift a telephone wire out of the way when he was struck by about 12,000 volts of electricity.

"We don't know if he touched an (electrical) wire or if it arced over," Hale said. "But the electricity went in the top of his head through his neck and chest and out his right arm."

Hale says he was the first to reach Wilson and originally couldn't find a pulse.

"He finally came around after a few minutes," Hale said.

The victim was treated at the scene by the Gisela Fire Department and airlifted to the Maricopa County Burn Center where he remained for five days, Hale said.

Arizona Public Service Regional Manager Jan Parsons says it is almost a miracle that Wilson survived.

"That amount of electricity would kill most people," she said.

Since being released from the burn center, Wilson has returned to Hashknife and is currently working in Linden near Show Low.

Although Wilson's condition improves each day, he has incurred massive medical costs.

"It's over $30,000 now and he hasn't even gotten the doctors' bills, ambulance bills and things like that," Hale said.

In an effort to help, the Wilson family and friends are planning a series of fund-raisers.

The first benefit friends have scheduled is accepting donations at Sunday's "Black Cloud" premiere.

Another will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Roundup Steakhouse in Gisela. Events will include a barbecue, appearances by at least four live bands, auction and raffles.

Wilson is married and the father of two young daughters.

To help with the Roundup Steakhouse benefit or to donate raffle or auction items, call Ron or Al at (928) 472-4449.

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