KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 16, 2007 – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) linemen are trained to deal with the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. But a trip this past weekend to the seventh annual APPA Public Power Lineworkers’ Rodeo in Marietta, Ga. proved to be their toughest challenge of all.
Just hours after competing with the best linemen from utilities across the nation, thieves made off with the utility’s equipment trailer and a pickup truck belonging to an employee who was towing the trailer. The truck and trailer had been secured overnight in a parking lot across the street from a downtown Atlanta hotel where the crews were staying.
The 2002 trailer, a 16’x7’ cargo trailer with Florida municipal tag number 139659, features six foot tall utility logos painted on both sides of the vehicle as well as life-size photos of retired KUA lineman William N. “Bill” Groover.
The pickup truck is a dark green 2003 Ford F-350 Crew Cab with Florida tag number 540AGI.
Anyone with information on the missing trailer or truck is asked to call Atlanta Police Department at (404) 577-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip at http://www.CrimeStoppersAtlanta.org.
Photos of the trailer can be found online at http://rodeo.kua.com/Photos/Groover_Trailer/KUA_Trailer.asp.
The American Public Power Association (www.appanet.org) is the national service organization representing the nation’s more than 2,000 community- and state-owned electric utilities.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent