Putting It On The Line – Lineworker Appreciation Day

April 19, 2017

Tuesday, Gulf Power and the State of Florida  recognized the contributions and dedication of lineworkers during Lineworker Appreciation Day, a day set-aside by the state Legislature in 2012.

Gulf Power paid special tribute to almost 200 employees that work on the company’s 9,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines between Pensacola and Panama City, which serves more than 450,000 customers.

Over the past few years, the Pensacola area has endured an ice storm, a 500-year flood and most recently, severely damaging tornados. While most people seek shelter during these storms, Gulf Power lineworkers venture out into the dangerous elements, putting it all on the line to restore power, and hope.

Despite numerous safety precautions, these workers face dangerous conditions on a daily basis. It’s a job that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is one of the deadliest and most dangerous in the United States.

Yet, with all the known hazards of working with electricity, lineworkers are committed to keeping the energy flowing safely to homes and businesses no matter the conditions or weather.

Pictured: Gulf Power lineworker Demetric Washington. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Comments

4 Responses to “Putting It On The Line – Lineworker Appreciation Day”

  1. EMD on April 19th, 2017 8:48 pm

    I love you all and appreciate your daring and much needed service. I know that some folks got all impatient after IVAN and some folks gave some of you a hard time. Don’t listen to people who don’t have a clue what you all go through. I truly believe most folks are very grateful for all your your hard and dangerous work. THANK YOU ALL SOOOOOO MUCH ! ! ! May God protect you all.

  2. Sandra McMurray-Jackson on April 19th, 2017 3:00 pm

    Thank for All your Hard Work and Dedication.
    Handsome Young Man!!!!!.

  3. Chris in Molino on April 19th, 2017 12:30 pm

    Thanks dad for all you’ve done for us in the 34 years with GP. Every hurricane or storm that hit somewhere having to leave to help others. Didn’t understand then, but now am proud of everything you’ve done and for who you are. Mom is smiling down too. Love you.

  4. anne 1of2 on April 19th, 2017 8:21 am

    My favorite employees! When they are out in the storms and the heat I want to scream get down, go home! They are on my hero’s list for sure. God bless them.





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