(Jefferson, Ga., April 10, 2015) Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is again celebrating National Lineman Appreciation Day. And while the cooperative appreciates the work done by these employees every day, the historic ice storm that slammed its entire operating area in February makes this year’s April 13 celebration all the more special.
In the days following the February 16 storm, Jackson EMC linemen joined by linemen from 24 other EMCs in Georgia, Alabama and Florida restored power to 128,638 customers, replacing 182 broken power poles in the process. Bundled in heavy clothing to protect them in temperatures as low as 11°, those lineman coped with winds that gusted to 39 mph, bringing down additional trees and limbs, and sometimes tearing down lines which had just been repaired.
“We are tremendously proud of the work done by our linemen and those from the family of EMCs that came to our aid. The work they do around the clock in dangerous conditions to keep power flowing to our members and protect the public’s safety was never better illustrated than during this storm,” said Jackson EMC President/CEO Chip Jakins. “Our linemen, as well as those across the nation, truly deserve this special day of recognition, and I invite our members to take a moment to use #ThankaLineman to show their support.”
In recognition of the work done by the cooperative’s linemen, the Jackson EMC board of directors has adopted the following resolution:
“WHEREAS, Jackson EMC linemen leave their families and put their lives on the line every day to keep the power on; and
WHEREAS, Jackson EMC linemen work 365 days a year under dangerous conditions to build, maintain and repair the electric infrastructure; and
WHEREAS, Jackson EMC linemen are the first responders of the electric cooperative family, getting power back on and making things safe for all after storms and accidents; and
WHEREAS, there would be no electric cooperatives without the brave men and women who comprise our corps of linemen;
THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Jackson Electric Membership Corporation Board of Directors recognize the contributions of these valuable men and women to Jackson Electric Membership Corporation and the communities served by Jackson Electric Membership Corporation.”