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Tri-County EMC joined more than 900 electric cooperatives and other electric utilities across the nation in celebrating April 13 as National Lineman Appreciation Day. The occasion provided an opportunity to recognize the hard working men and women who selflessly build, maintain and repair the poles and lines that power our lives.

“Electric linemen don’t often receive the recognition they deserve,” said C. Hill Bentley, Tri-County EMC CEO. “They work all hours of the day, often in hazardous conditions, far from their families, to keep the power on. Linemen truly deserve this day of recognition.”

Chris Bryant and Tyler Beck, both Tri-County linemen, traveled to the Georgia State Capitol on April 13 to hear resolutions thanking linemen for their service from the office of Governor Nathan Deal, The Georgia House of Representatives and the State Senate. Representatives from numerous organizations were eager to give their thanks to linemen across the state. Organizations represented were Electric Cities of Georgia, Georgia EMC, Georgia Power, Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, National Association of Journeyman Linemen and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Tri-County also celebrated its linemen locally with a lunchtime cookout at both the Gray and Eatonton office locations. Members of the community shared their thanks on the cooperative’s Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #thankalineman.

Electricity continues to be a luxury that we take for granted. National Lineman Appreciation Day allows us take the time to thank the people that keep our lights on, and, in turn, simplify our lives. We encourage you to take a moment to thank the linemen when you see them working in your area.

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