America’s rural electric systems and electric cooperatives have designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day. On April 13th, Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) joined other rural electric systems in honoring over 18,000 hard-working women and men line workers nationwide who often face challenging conditions to keep the lights on. Among them are FPU’s 17 electric linemen who dedicate their lives to serving others.lineman graphic

“FPU proudly recognizes all electric linemen for the services they perform around the clock in conditions that require great attention to safety in order to keep power flowing and protect the public,” says FPU’s CEO and General Manager Britt Dye.

“Electric linemen do not often receive the recognition they deserve,” says Dye. “They work all hours of the day, often in hazardous conditions, and routinely go above and beyond to serve our communities. Our linemen, as well as their counterparts from across the nation, truly deserve this special day of recognition.”

“We salute the dedicated service of these courageous workers and recognize the critical roles they play in keeping the lights on in Fayetteville and Lincoln County,” says Dye. 

“Our customers depend on reliable energy, and electric line workers place themselves in harm’s way to power our everyday lives.” Dye says.

“Electric linemen share a certain type of bond – a type of brotherhood – on the job,” describes Dye. “A lineman’s daily work conditions are very dangerous. Linemen must have full trust in their crew members to keep them safe while working on high-voltage lines and in stormy weather conditions. That trust creates a unique camaraderie which is recognized nationwide in our linemen.”

FPU’s electric linemen not only construct, maintain and repair power lines in Fayetteville and Lincoln County, but they have also responded to emergency situations in other states following hurricanes, tornadoes and winter storms as needed to help restore power in other rural electric system service areas.

“Being able to assist other utilities following major storms is part of a cooperative pact we have in the electric industry,” says Dye. “We’ve been able to help other power systems in times of need, and in return, they’ve been able to help us rebuild our system following major storms.”

The board of directors of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) passed a resolution to set the second Monday of April aside as a formal day to honor those who keep our lights on in rural America. The text of the NRECA Resolution is included in this special section of The Elk Valley Times.

Rural electric systems nationwide maintain 2.5 million miles of electric line serving 42 million Americans.

FPU invites you to thank our electric linemen by posting your words of appreciation and encouragement on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ThankAlinemanTN.