By Gwen Kautz, Dawson PPD General Manager
If you’re like me, you’re amazed at how fast 2015 flew by. It’s a time of reflection for most of us. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions any more. I don’t keep them anyway. As I look forward to 2016, there are many things that will remain the same and, yes, there will be challenges ahead. The one constant in my work life are linemen. During the worst of storms or the hottest day, they do their job faithfully. I can sit at my window, in my warm house, watching a blizzard and while I’m comfortable, I know somewhere a lineman is working. Funny thing – general managers aren’t important when power needs to be restored. We don’t do a thing except worry. Our job was done long before the storm hit and that was to make sure our employees have the tools and training they need to do the best and safest job possible.
In February 1986, Paul Harvey wrote a wonderful column called THE LINEMAN. I’d like to share it.
What are their thoughts, these hardy souls tangled in knots on top of poles, sweating it out in a blend of blue, doing a job few would do? What are their thoughts, this gallant crew, who risk their lives the long day through in the summer heat or winter snow, taking orders from afar and below? What are their thoughts, these men of brawn, who joke and sing or hum a song, who know their distance well could be a rubber glove from eternity. What are their thoughts at the close of day, as they scramble down and put hooks away? Do they thank God for the heart skipped beat, to feel the earth beneath their feet? What are their thoughts as they head for home, longing once more to greet their own? Surely they must feel some delight knowing they helped turn darkness to light.
Do you think of our men when storms are raging and they are working? Some of you do because we receive very nice comments via email or our Facebook page.
The workers that we take for granted are a long list. Our firemen, EMTs, police, nurses and doctors, enlisted men and women, truck drivers, farmers and ranchers, all whose hours cannot be confined to 8 a.m.-5p.m. and/or Monday-Friday. I’ve listed only a few.
So the next time you watch the snow swirl outside in below zero temperatures, think of our linemen. Think of all who serve us and say a prayer for them. Thank them. They deserve our respect and our appreciation. I think I just found a New Year’s resolution I can keep!
The article is a re-post with permission from Dawson Public Power – orginal article can be found at: http://blog.publicpower.org/sme/?p=621.