KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 25, 2017 – Kissimmee Utility Authority will proudly celebrate Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 26 to honor the skilled brave men and women across the state who work one of the most dangerous professions in America.
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.
Numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics put electrical lineworkers among the top ten most dangerous jobs in the U.S., according to the agency’s most recent census.
In addition to serving its 72,000 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. In the past year, KUA linemen traveled thousands of miles and spent weeks in the field helping restore power to customers in Tallahassee and South Carolina, following severe weather outbreaks and hurricanes Hermine and Matthew.
“Our lineworkers work with thousands of volts of electricity atop power poles and lines to deliver safe and reliable power to Kissimmee’s 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.”
KUA honored its linemen earlier this week with an appreciation breakfast and a framed proclamation from the utility’s board of directors.
Founded in 1901, KUA (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 72,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.