APRIL 11 is National Lineman Appreciation Day so it is appropriate that we take a moment to recognize the people who often work in brutal weather conditions to ensure we all have safe, reliable power.

They are ready to go at a moment’s notice. Keeping the lights on for Palmetto Electric members is our priority, of course, but our linemen also sometimes help restore power for members of our fellow South Carolina electric co-ops. In late January, for instance, Palmetto crews travelled to the Upstate to assist Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, which saw outages swell to nearly 12,000 members following a winter storm. They were glad to help and, since linemen are like brothers, we know line crews from Blue Ridge and other co-ops would be there for us in an emergency, too.

Linemen are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety officers. Whether they are restoring power, maintaining the lines or building new service, linemen work with thousands of volts of electricity. Almost everything they do is potentially hazardous.

Forty-one Palmetto lineworkers maintain 3,260 miles of line in your co-op’s service territory. We’re grateful for their dedication and professionalism.

Palmetto Electric Cooperative invites members to take a moment and thank linemen for the work they do. If you’re on Twitter, use #thankalineman to show your support for the men who light our lives.

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Wherever you live in Palmetto’s service area, our linemen are always close. Here are Hampton linemen (from left) Shane Herndon, Aron Winn, Claude Terry and Ben Stanley.

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