Lives on the line

Posted on Mar 23 2017 in Marshall County REMC
Mark Batman


Every year, we take the time to thank our extraordinary line workers who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities. Ten lineworkers maintain more than 1,000 miles of line in Marshall County REMC’s service territory, and without them, our world would be dark.

We depend on our entire staff to keep Marshall County REMC running smoothly, but on April 10, we honor all lineworkers who often find themselves in dangerous and challenging situations, so our lives may be a little bit brighter and safer every day. These brave men and women repair damaged lines and maintain critical infrastructure for our communities. Without their hard work and commitment to the job, our co-op would not thrive. No matter the time —day or night, weekday or weekend — if the lights go out, so do they.

Perhaps you have seen them raising their bucket trucks in howling winds and torrential rains, or in freezing, icy conditions. They work around the clock near high-voltage power lines until electricity is restored to every member in our co-op community.

In addition to aiding members in our local service territory, lineworkers are always willing and eager to volunteer when a neighboring community, county or state is in need after a major outage occurs.

Our lineworkers are brave, committed and critical to our success.

We hope you will join us in thanking the many lineworkers — both locally and around the world — who light our lives. Remember, your power works because they do! Use #ThankALineman on social media to show your support.

Thank you to Tod Brems, Steve Westfall, Doug MacLain, Annis Crum, Chris Ennis, Kenny Eggleston, John Yates, Josh VanVactor, Jason Hughes and Sawyer Cripe.

MARK BATMAN is CEO of Marshall County REMC.