August 26 Designated “Lineworker Appreciation Day”
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida House of Representatives introduced a resolution Friday in Tallahassee honoring the thousands of men and women risking their lives every day ensuring the reliable delivery of electricity throughout the state. OUC Line Tech Glenn Massari, (pictured, from left) and Technical Trainer George Hayes attended the announcement on the steps of the Old Capitol.
"It's so easy to take our energy industry for granted,” noted Lakeland Rep. Seth McKeel (R-63), the resolution’s sponsor. “But when the power goes out, we rely on utility lineworkers to quickly get things back to normal. They are, literally, risking their lives every day on our behalf."
August 26, 2012, has been designated “Lineworker Appreciation Day” in the State of Florida, a poignant date with particular significance for Lakeland resident Tracy Moore. Her husband, Marc, a lineworker for Lakeland Electric, died tragically on August 26, 2002.
“I learned that day the true power in electricity,” Moore said, “and the true sacrifice our Lineman make – all give some, some give all.”
Since her husband’s death, Moore has worked to recognize, raise awareness and honor the lineworker community, describing them as the “true first responders” serving the nation.
“Many times,” she explained, “whether an auto accident, a structural fire, or natural disaster, our other “First Responders” cannot safely perform their necessary job functions until a lineman arrives to make that area safe for them to proceed.”
Barry Moline, executive director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, noted the daily demands endured by lineworkers. "When you stop and consider the complexity of the nation's power grid,” he explained, “the essential role of the lineworker comes into sharper focus. As a group, they're responsible for maintaining the nation's more than 5 million miles of power lines in all kinds of weather and hazards and do so 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year."
“When the lights are out and we're sitting in the dark,” noted McKeel, “lineworkers are essential for returning us back to normal. Next time you see a line crew at work, give them a thumbs-up to let them know how much you appreciate them."
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