KUA to Celebrate Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day

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Kissimmee Utility Authority will proudly celebrate Lineworker Appreciation Day on Friday, Aug. 26 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 67,000 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. Most recently, 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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, utility line work consistently ranks in the top 10 of the most dangerous jobs in America.

“Our lineworkers put themselves in harm’s way each and every day to ensure electricity is safely delivered to Kissimmee homes and businesses,” said Jim Welsh, KUA president and general manager. “On this day, we honor and thank them for their dedication and service, and recognize the critical role they play in keeping the lights on.”

The utility will honor the linemen with a special breakfast on Wednesday.