KISSIMMEE, Fla., December 9, 2017 – The six Kissimmee Utility Authority workers who spent 36 days restoring power on the storm-battered island of Puerto Rico have been named the grand marshals of tonight’s Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Kissimmee.
The workers will be on the lead float of the parade along with their families. The parade begins at 7 p.m.
Each year, the City of Kissimmee selects its parade grand marshal(s) by identifying residents of Osceola County who have displayed outstanding pride and commitment to the community through volunteerism and/or service above and beyond their normal call of duty.
KUA sent the six workers and a small fleet of vehicles to San Juan on Oct. 17 to assist the island with the restoration of electricity, following a devastating blow from Hurricane Maria. Although their mutual aid contract only required 30 days of assistance, the crews stayed on an additional six days to complete some critical repairs to the island’s electrical grid.
Working with other utilities and contractors, the Kissimmee crews were part of a mutual aid mission that helped restore power to an estimated one million residents across the island.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 74,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.