Love on the line
Article was added on Wednesday, February 06, 2013
SANTEE ELECTRIC CO-OP,
lineworkers don't work alone on our power lines. Whether they are
climbing poles, restoring power, or clearing tree limbs to prevent
future outages, they are never far from the hearts of the women who
At this time of year, stores seem flooded with hearts, candy,
and cards professing true love. But to be honest those sentiments
pale in comparison to the bonds of love I see every time a storm
sweeps through our area.
If the lights go out, our lineworkers' wives send their loved
ones out into the elements. When other electric cooperatives are in
trouble after devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and floods,
our lineworkers have traveled as far as Kentucky to bring the
lights back on for complete strangers. Each time these brave men
leave home to help those in need, their families are left behind,
praying for a safe return.
Working with high-voltage electricity, lineworkers find
themselves in life and death situations on a regular basis. That's
why Santee Electric focuses on safety first. The emphasis on safety
directly benefits customer-owners in quicker outage restoration and
cost savings; it also helps our men get back home safely to their
loved ones. We know the wives, families and friends of our
lineworkers appreciate that!
Marrying into this profession isn't easy. Lineworkers are often
on call, and must be ready to respond at a moment's notice if our
community needs them. This makes children's sporting events and
family get-togethers hard to pull off sometimes. But the bold men
who keep your power flowing do so because they know, without their
commitment, many of the things we've come to expect-cold food,
lights, entertainment-wouldn't be possible. By devoting their lives
to working on utility lines, they connect all of us to a better way
This Valentine's Day I'd like to take a moment to thank the
women who support and love the men who brave the elements and work
long hours to keep power flowing to our homes each and every day.
Thank you for putting your love on the line-we're committed to
making sure the men you love return home safe.
Floyd L. Keels
President and Chief Executive Officer
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