Get Marty: Woman Gets Help Tackling $13,000 Electricity Bill

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Wilkinsburg woman in desperate need of help for a massive electric bill reached out to KDKA-TV’S Get Marty for help.

Jacky Davenport’s Duquesne Light bill is nearly $13,000.

Duquesne Light describes it as one of the highest individual bills the company has ever seen.

“There is no way I can pay this bill,” says Davenport.

The 50-year-old Wilkinsburg woman told Marty she’s bi-polar, manic depressive, has major diabetes and heart disease.

“I just need help getting my lights back on, getting my life back on track,” says Davenport.

That’s when we got involved.

Chad Quinn with the Dollar Energy Fund stepped up with a $500 grant toward the bill to get things started.

KDKA’S Marty Griffin received more than $2,000 in donations from KDKA Radio listeners.

Meantime, Duquesne Light offered counseling. The company also had workers at Davenport’s home turning power back on within 48 hours.

Duquesne Light has more than 35,000 customers signed up for its Customer Assistance Program.

The company put Davenport back on that program.

Davenport promised to take her medications, keep on track with her utility payments and stay in touch with social service workers.

Duquesne Light asks that you call them and ask for help long before your power is shut off.

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