Our employees are the best around. I can say that without hesitation, and I believe it with every fiber of my being. That belief is only bolstered when I read comments left on member surveys. Over and over, we read about the kindness of our employees or how they went above and beyond.
This month we recognize a special group of employees: the linemen, who are out in all weather and at all hours, ensuring that power keeps flowing to your home and business.
April 8 is recognized as Lineman Appreciation Day by cooperatives across the country. With a job description that includes being comfortable working 40 feet in the air for long hours in all types of weather and dangerous conditions while providing excellent customer service, I think it is fitting that linemen should get a day of recognition separate from other employees.
Being a lineman is not something that many would sign up for. Fortunately for Medina EC members, our team of linemen embrace the challenges the job brings. They know it is not if there will be an outage but when. And normally that when occurs in bad weather, with their family dinner about to be put on the table, or not long after they have gotten home and finally drifted back to sleep after being called out for a different outage.
Perhaps you’ve seen them working during a storm and thanked them. Perhaps you’ve woken up one morning to realize you had an outage during the night that you never knew about.
It’s the linemen that often miss out on sleep or important moments with their families while they work in bad weather to make sure you have power. They are the unsung heroes who stand at the ready to respond to outages caused by storms, vehicle accidents, rogue animals and anything else that may knock out power.
And for that, it’s all of us who say thank you.
Hats off to the linemen!