Augusta, GA -
Friday, April 18 has been declared Georgia Lineman Appreciation Day.
In the recently-passed legislation, Georgia congress recognized power crews as “first responders during storms and other catastrophic events.”
In February, power crews worked around the clock for nearly four full days to restore power to thousands of customers, but emergency restoration is just one example of the hard work utility crews perform day in and day out to keep our lights on.
Georgia Power Distribution Supervisor Jeremy Usher, a former lineman himself, said it’s a physical job and sometimes, these men and women don’t get enough credit.
“It’s cold in the wintertime, hot in the summer time, dirty year round is what we tell people,” Usher said.
“They do a lot of grueling activities, lift a lot of heavy loads, climb a lot of poles.” Line crews did gather at the Georgia Capitol on Thursday for a special “thank you” event.
“The work of Georgia linemen is visible year round, but is especially noticed during summer thunderstorms, tornadoes and winter ice storms like the February storm which impacted service to hundreds of thousands of Georgians,” Georgia Power, the state’s largest power company, said in a statement.