Appreciating Our Linemen: The Super Heroes of the Utility Industry
April 18th is National Lineman Appreciation Day!
In 2013, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating April 18 as National Lineman Appreciation Day. This acknowledgement brought linemen into the spotlight and taught the masses something that utility professionals already know – linemen rock! Yes, there is no doubt that all of our careers within this industry play an important role – whether it be communications or accounting or customer service or engineering – but really, how many of us non-linemen go to work every day prepared to climb a 40-foot pole, or handle energized power lines, or brave an ice storm to restore power for his or her community? And as if that isn’t tough enough, they often go above and beyond to help their fellow team members, members of their community, or even a stranger in distress.
Excerpt from NWPPA Bulletin, April 2015. Story by Brenda Dunn, Associate Editor.