During the month of April, Union Power and cooperatives nationwide will observe National Lineman Appreciation Day, a time in which we celebrate the hardworking men and women who keep the lights on. Linemen are first responders in our community, working in all sorts of inclement weather and at all hours of the day and night.
Electricity is delivered along a series of connected wires and poles, and when that connection is interrupted by something like a falling tree branch, an animal or faulty equipment, it takes knowledge, skill and muscle to rebuild. Our crews are always ready. In the middle of the night, on holidays, and in snow, ice, floods and extreme heat, they are dedicated to restoring power to members, no matter the conditions. Often, our line workers find themselves in dangerous and challenging situations, sacrificially giving time away from their own families so they can serve yours.
Linemen are required to perform detailed tasks while working 40 feet in the air, near dangerous amounts of high current. These brave men and women repair damaged lines and maintain critical infrastructure for our communities. Without their hard work and commitment to the job, our co-op would not thrive. No matter the time––day or night, weekday or weekend––if the lights go out, so do they.
In addition to aiding members in our local service territory, line workers are always willing and eager to volunteer when a neighboring community, county or state is in need after a major outage occurs.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our extraordinary line workers who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities. Forty-nine line workers maintain 5,942 miles of line in Union Power’s service territory, and without them, our world would be dark.
On National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18, 2017, take a moment to show your gratitude to the dedicated crews who build, maintain and repair the electric system that powers our lives. On social media, use the hashtag #ThankaLineman!
It takes a unique person to do the work of a lineman, and at Union Power, we see them as true heroes.