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April is Lineman Appreciation Month

Electric Membership Cooperatives across the country, including Tri-County EMC, are joining together this month to support electric utility linemen whose expertise and knowledge are vital each day but especially when critical outages occur and power restoration is required. 

“It takes a special person to be a lineman,” said Ray Grinberg, CEO of Tri-County EMC. “Not everyone is willing to answer the call to spend days away from home, juggle unpredictable schedules or work long hours in inclement weather. It is important for us to stop and thank our linemen for the work they do each day.” 

The past 12 months have been particularly challenging for Georgia linemen, as they have experienced multiple tropical and winter storms. Tropical Storm Irma caused a record-setting number of outages, leaving 88% of Tri-County EMC’s service area without power at the peak of the storm. In addition, Tri-County EMC crews have assisted power restoration to eight sister cooperatives in Georgia and Virginia 
following winter storms that hit this year. 

While power outages are inconvenient for everyone, they serve as a great reminder of the constant work linemen must do to keep the power on. Tri-County is proud to honor our line workers who maintain 2,700 miles of power lines in Tri-County EMC’s service territory. We invite members to take a moment to #thankalineman for the work they do each day by posting a message to Tri-County EMCs Social Media pages. (80178002)