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Lineman, Ritney Smith (291638), working on transmission lines near Greenville, South Carolina. SC; lineman; line crew; line work; transmission towers; bucket trucks; hot stick; insulators

When the governor declares weather conditions are so horrific, everyone should stay home, the lineman gathers his gear and heads to his truck.

He kisses his family goodbye, knowing he may be away for days or even weeks, until everyone has their electricity restored.

Lineman, Ritney Smith (291638), working on transmission lines near Greenville, South Carolina. SC; lineman; line crew; line work; transmission towers; bucket trucks; hot stick; insulators
Lineman, Ritney Smith (291638), working on transmission lines near Greenville, South Carolina. SC; lineman; line crew; line work; transmission towers; bucket trucks; hot stick; insulators

Sixteen-hour days, biting cold, blinding snow, drenching rain, tropical-force winds, he surveys the damage nature has done and determines the course of action that will repair the damaged system and return people’s lives to their normal routine.

He doesn’t look for praise… he’s just doing his job.

April 18 is nationally recognized as National Lineman Appreciation Day to honor line workers and their role in building, maintaining and restoring service that powers the lives of our customers.

Mayors and city councils from all over Duke Energy Indiana’s 69-county service territory have issued proclamations in honor of line workers. The proclamation recognizes the dangers linemen face when working with high-voltage power lines, and acknowledges that they are often the first responders during storms and other catastrophic events.

Those who wish to honor line workers and their families are encouraged to use the hashtag #ThankALineman in social media.

For more information about Duke Energy’s line workers, follow @DukeEnergy and visit www.facebook.com/DukeEnergy.

Here is file footage of linemen performing storm preparation and restoration efforts: http://news.duke-energy.com/multimedia-gallery/b-roll#lg=g1&slide=5.

To view a letter from a lineman’s wife expressing her appreciation for her husband’s job serving the community, visit: http://illumination.duke-energy.com/articles/my-husband-the-lineman.