Did you drink a nice, hot cup of coffee this morning? Take a hot shower? Flip a light switch and see the lights came on? These are all conveniences we each take for granted on a daily basis. The Engineering & Operations Department at WFEC - from mechanics to purchasing and warehousing agents, to engineers, metering personnel and linemen all play an integral part in making sure you enjoy those conveniences we all view as necessities in today's society. 94128001
WFEC recognized these employees and linemen who work an often thankless job on April 11 with a luncheon. Along with other co-ops across the nation, WFEC takes the time each April to recognize the contributions each of these employees makes to our communities.
"Linemen are the backbone of our company and we were so pleased to recognize and honor them," said Ty Peel, EVP & CEO.
The linemen and other employees view their chosen profession as much more than a job - it is a calling and a responsibility to the cooperative's members and all of the communities served by the cooperative, according to Doyle Short, Manager, Construction & Operations. Peel says all of the employees at WFEC take their jobs to heart and want to serve the co-op's membership.
"It's what a linemen loves to do - help. I've been a lineman for 31 years and the passion is wearing off a little after the storm, but it's still very fulfilling," said Will Melton, Line Crew Leader in an interview with WTVY's reporter, Aybrial Beckham.
"A hero is defined as one who demonstrates courage by Webster's Dictionary and that's what our linemen are," said Peel.
After the devastation left behind by Hurricane Michael, more and more of our cooperative members have acknowledged the danger these men face on a daily basis so all of us can experience the convenience and comfort electricity provides each day. Thank you for taking the time to express your appreciation by sending numerous cards and notes or expressing your support on the cooperative's social media. We sincerely thank you for your kind words and continued understanding as we strive to provide dependable, reliable electricity to our members each day.
Engineering & Operations Department staff also recognized those linemen who completed training courses during the past year at the luncheon.
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