SOMERSET, Mass. (WPRI) — A Somerset man hit the jackpot recently after he was chosen to push the button that implodes the two cooling towers at Brayton Point.
But he isn’t planning to be the one who flips the switch.
Earlier this year, a raffle was held to raise money that would fund the construction of a memorial wall for Vietnam War veterans in Fall River.
Scott Federico tells Eyewitness News he bought tickets for a family friend, whose daughter is 5 years old.
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“That’s why I bought them, to give her the opportunity to see and do it,” Federico said.
Federico said he plans to have her and her 7-year-old brother push the button. He even went as far as buying hardhats for them to wear.
“I feel like I won because I was giving something away,” Federico said. “There was love in the air and I feel like I won because of that.”
Federico said he will still be there with the children as they push the button, and he’s excited to see the towers come down.
“I’ll be there to get rid of them, which will be nice,” he said with a smile.
Eyewitness News will have live coverage of the tower implosion from 6-8 a.m. on WPRI 12 and streaming live on WPRI.com.