KUA Linemen Lasso 9 Trophies at Statewide Rodeo

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 31, 2014 – Kissimmee Utility Authority linemen brought home high marks and nine trophies from Saturday’s 14th annual Florida Lineman Competition in Ocala.

Twenty-one teams and 25 apprentices from municipal utilities throughout Florida gathered to recognize the profession of line work and demonstrate the safety, skill and endurance of electric linemen. The rodeo-style competition consisted of five timed events.

There are two levels of competition in a lineworkers rodeo: journeyman teams and apprentice. The journeyman teams consist of three members – two climbers and a ground worker. A qualified journeyman has more than four years of experience within the electric utility trade. An apprentice lineworker competes as an individual and has four or fewer years of experience.

Trophies were awarded to KUA in the following event categories:

Journeyman Team – Brent Davis, Chris Ketner, David Wolfe
1st place – Vertical Hurtman Rescue
2nd place – Clip-in Running Angle
3rd place – 4kV Cross Arm Change-out
4th place overall in Florida

Apprentice Austin Franey
2nd place – H-frame Crossover
3rd place – Vertical Hurtman Rescue

Apprentice Ryan Henderson
4th place overall in Florida

Apprentice Dillon Smathers
2nd place – A.G.S. (Armor Grip Support) Installation

Apprentice Chad Sullivan
1st place – H-frame Crossover

About FMEA
The Florida Municipal Electric Association represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state that collectively serve three million Floridians.

About KUA
Founded in 1901, KUA (
www.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
(407) 933-9836