KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 18, 2014 – Kissimmee Utility Authority joins the U.S. Senate in recognizing today as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
By unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate in 2013 approved a resolution recognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, and the contributions of the brave men and women who protect public safety. The resolution also designated April 18 as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
The resolution honors the 114,000 highly-skilled lineworkers, who not only maintain the country’s five million miles of transmission and distribution lines, but also pitch in to help their fellow utility workers in the wake of natural disasters, wherever they occur.
The resolution resolves that these workers…
– are steeped in personal, family and professional tradition;
– are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety heroes;
– work with thousands of volts of electricity high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep electricity flowing;
– must often work under dangerous conditions far from their families to construct and maintain the energy infrastructure of the United States;
– and put their lives on the line every day with little recognition from the community regarding the danger of their work.
“This year marks the 10-year anniversary of a year when four hurricanes – Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne – slammed into the state of Florida in only 44 days and pushed our linemen to the extreme of what they can do,” said Jim Welsh, KUA president and general manager. “We salute the nearly 50 linemen of KUA who are ready to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to ensure electricity is safely delivered in Kissimmee.”
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