North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives are joining more than 900 electric cooperatives across the nation to celebrate Monday, April 9 as Lineman Appreciation Day. This day, recognized annually on the second Monday in April, pays tribute to the dedicated men and women whose skill and expertise is needed to build, maintain and repair the power lines that provide electricity to cooperative members.
“We couldn’t carry out our mission without the daily dedication of our linemen,” said Nelle Hotchkiss, senior vice president of association services for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. “It’s a demanding job on the front line of our co-op that often requires working in challenging conditions to serve our members and communities. We can’t thank them enough for all they do.”
Electricity travels along a network of wires and poles to power our homes and businesses. Most of the time this is a seamless journey, but occasionally the path of electricity is disrupted by obstacles like fallen tree branches, animals or an equipment malfunction—and linemen are charged with restoring that connection no matter the weather or time of day.
“Our linemen are skilled professionals in every sense of the word,” Hotchkiss said. “They literally bring us through some of our darkest hours, and we count on them to power our lives day in and day out.”
About 1,400 linemen work for North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives, and there are more than 18,000 electric cooperative linemen nationwide.
The second Monday in April has been designated as Lineman Appreciation Day in North Carolina by the N.C. General Assembly, and as National Lineman Appreciation Day by the national trade association of electric cooperatives.