Chandler SRP employee heads to Puerto Rico to help restore power

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A Chandler man is giving a helping hand to a place in desperate need for relief. Rick Hudson is one of eight SRP employees who have been tapped to be part of a group helping Puerto Rico restore their power.

Hudson leaves Sunday morning for 30 days and won't be home for the holidays for the first time since he and his wife married over 30 years ago. 

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"This will be the first Christmas that we've been apart," said Susan Hudson, Rick's wife. "We are just making sure we spend time as a family before he goes."

Hudson was approached by SRP about a week ago to help with a mission to distribute power to one of seven regions in Puerto Rico. Hudson is helping with the Carolina region.

Areas of Puerto Rico have been without power fully restored since Hurricane Maria hit the island over two months ago.

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"I know I get cranky when I am just one hour without power I just can't even imagine having power out for two months," Susan said. 

Hudson will help with the Central Command Center in Puerto Rico. He will help deploy 3500 employees who have been working non-stop to help get residents back on their feet.

"Certainly if my family were in that situation someone would be willing to come do that for them," Rick said. 

"Just the fact that he can take that knowledge that he's worked so hard to gain and use it to rebuild the power structure over there, I don't totally understand it, but I'm really glad that he does what he does," said Susan as she sat at her Chandler home surrounded by her four children and their spouses and grandchildren. 

"We are so blessed," she added. 

Hudson and seven other SRP employees will return on Jan. 7. At that time, another group of SRP employees will leave for the island to continue the restoration efforts.

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