Coles-Moultrie Electrical Cooperative Honors Local Lineworkers | People

MATTOON – The Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative joins the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in celebrating its 15 linemen as part of National Lineman Appreciation Day on Monday, April 11.

Linemen face immense risks every day. Carrying heavy equipment, they routinely scale 40-foot poles near high voltage power lines, and often in the wake of Mother Nature’s worst events. It’s no wonder their profession is among the top 25 most dangerous jobs in the country.

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CMEC linemen maintain more than 1,991 miles of power lines in eight counties, keeping lights on for 9,500 meters.

On April 11, all are invited to #ThankALineworker celebrating the men and women who work around the clock, putting their lives on the line to keep the power going.

“Our linemen are heroes in every sense of the word,” said Amy Borntrager, CEO. “As our staff’s first responders, we rely on them to get us through some of our darkest hours, day and night. They truly deserve this special day of recognition.

Virginia S. Braud