KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 22, 10:00 am — Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) crews brought home three trophies and the state’s fourth best ranking from Saturday’s 2004 Florida Lineman’s Competition in Ocala.
Twenty-two teams and 20 apprentices from municipal utilities throughout Florida gathered to recognize the profession of line work as well as demonstrate the safety, skill and education of electric linemen. The rodeo itself consisted of five timed events, including a mystery event that wasn’t revealed to participants until just before the rodeo began.
There were two levels of competition within the rodeo – journeyman and apprentice. The journeyman teams consisted of three members — two climbers and a ground person. A qualified journeyman has more than four years of experience within the electric utility trade. An apprentice lineworker has four or fewer years of experience.
KUA had two teams competing in the journeyman competition. Team 1 — featuring Aaron Haderle, Logan Murphy and Joe Watson — ranked fourth overall in Florida and received two event trophies. Team 2 — featuring Mike Fulmore, Luis Santiago and Steve Walker, with Jamie Boswell as alternate — ranked 18th overall.
In the apprentice competition, Chris Ketner earned a third place trophy for his perfect score in the brace and bit event.
Earlier this month, KUA crews brought home the nation’s seventh best ranking from the American Public Power Association’s 2004 Lineworkers’ Rodeo in San Antonio, Texas.
Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water, and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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