The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution designating April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
The bill, introduced last week by Sens. Isakson (R-GA) and Bennet (D-CO), moved quickly and included support from Sens. Richard Burr (R) and Kay Hagan (D), of North Carolina. It serves two main purposes — it “recognizes the efforts of linemen in keeping the power on and protecting public safety” and “supports the designation of April 18, 2013 as National Lineman Appreciation Day.”
North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives collectively employ 1,400 linemen. Of those, Pee Dee employs 32 linemen in both Anson and Richmond counties.
“Linemen are true public servants,” said Donnie Spivey, CEO & executive vice president of Pee Dee Electric. “They work every day in potentially hazardous conditions, oftentimes during extreme weather like hurricanes and ice storms, to keep the lights on for the rest of us. We are pleased that linemen are getting the recognition they deserve from the U.S. Senate and would like to express how thankful we are for the work they do.”
In honor of National Lineman Appreciation Day as designated by the U.S. Senate, Pee Dee Electric asks its members to thank their local linemen they see.
“Linemen put their lives on the line every day without ever expecting any recognition from the community,” said Spivey. “Let’s give them the recognition they deserve for their hard work and commitment to keeping the power on in our community.”
Pee Dee Electric is a non-profit organization which has been in business since 1939. The organization’s goal is to provide reliable, dependable electric service for its members at the lowest possible cost. The service area consists of Anson, Richmond, Union, Stanly, Montgomery, Moore, and Scotland counties.