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In January 2008, Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, a 24-year-old weapons expert, was electrocuted while showering in Baghdad's green zone. According to a criminal investigation by the Army, an electrical water pump on the building's roof shorted out from not being properly grounded when installed. On March 19 his parents sued the contractor, KBR Inc., for Sgt. Maseth's death.
However, Target 11 learned Wednesday that Defense Secretary Robert Gates got a letter demanding answers about Maseth's death.
Target 11 investigator Karen Welles spoke with Maseth's mother.
His mother, Cheryl Harris, said she wants to know who's at fault and wants to prevent any more electrocutions to protect the rest of the troops.
Harris has a personal stake in the matter; her youngest son served in Iraq and is back in the U.S. and Ryan's twin brother, Brandon is still serving in Iraq.
Harris told Welles, "They're protecting us and how are we protecting them? How are we protecting our troops?"
Harris is talking about our troops in Iraq which until Jan. 2 included her 24-year old son, Ryan.
Maseth died of an apparent accidental electrocution as he took a shower while serving in Baghdad.
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As recently as July 11, KBR Inc. electricians told a Senate panel tasked to investigate the deaths that their employer used inexperienced, non-English speaking workers to install electrical systems.