Each year, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) joins other electric cooperatives across the state and nation to celebrate Lineman Appreciation Day. Held annually on the second Monday in April, this day recognizes linemen’s critical role in providing members with the power they depend on every day.
The important responsibilities of linemen have become all the more challenging over the past year as they have implemented additional safety procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our linemen undergo extensive training and follow numerous protocols to ensure safety as they work to maintain our lines and restore power, often in very treacherous conditions,” said Susan Flythe, EVP and general manager of CHEC. “The current pandemic has added another layer of precaution to an already demanding job, but our linemen have risen to the challenge and demonstrated an exceptional level of skill, dedication and expertise.”
In addition to serving their own communities, linemen are also called on to provide aid across the state and nation following major storms and other times of need. This commitment to “cooperation among cooperatives” is one of the core principles that demonstrates the true strength and character of the cooperative network.
Per CHEC, the community is encouraged to use the hashtag #ThankALineman on April 12 and throughout the year to pay tribute to our linemen’s many outstanding efforts on Hatteras Island and beyond.