KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 26, 2013 – Kissimmee Utility Authority proudly celebrates Lineworker Appreciation Day today in honor of the skilled and brave men and women across Florida who work with thousands of volts of electricity atop power poles and lines to deliver safe and reliable power.
In 2012, the Florida House of Representatives introduced a resolution honoring the men and women in Florida who work as lineworkers, to be observed on August 26 of each year. This date holds particular significance for Lakeland resident Tracy Moore, whose husband, Marc, a lineworker for Lakeland Electric, died tragically on the job on this day in 2002.
In addition to serving its 64,000 customers in Kissimmee, KUA linemen are often called away from their families to help restore power to neighboring cities and states when major storms or disasters occur. In 2012 alone, KUA linemen traveled thousands of miles and spent weeks in the field helping restore power to customers in Pennsylvania and New York following Hurricane Sandy.
“We are proud of the hard work and dedication of our lineworkers and recognize their commitment to safety and to our customers,” said Jim Welsh, KUA president and general manager. “It’s inspiring to know that the work of these men and women is noticed even in the halls of the Florida Legislature, and we are delighted to mark this day with utilities across the state.”
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent