Judy Brown, a senior accountant at Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative, was recognized at Texas Electric Cooperatives’ 2016 safety conference for reaching 50 years without a lost-time accident. “I’ve managed to walk the stairs, up and down, and never stumbled,” jokes Brown, who lives and works in Athens, and has since stretched her safety record to 51 years.
She remembers her first day at New Era Electric Cooperative, which consolidated with Kaufman County Electric Cooperative in April 1997 to form TVEC. “It was a Tuesday, July 13, 1965,” she says. “I was just a young, young, young thing. They just put me to work. I certainly didn’t figure I’d be here 51 years—or 51 years at any one job.”