Oberlander Thanks Area Lineworkers with House Resolution Designating Lineworker Appreciation Day
HARRISBURG – As a way to thank the men and women who serve as line workers for both electric utilities and cooperatives around Pennsylvania, the state House today approved a resolution authored by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) to designate June 22, 2015, as “Lineworker Appreciation Day” in Pennsylvania.

“Within the past couple of weeks, lineworkers across Pennsylvania – and right here in the 63rd District – have been busy repairing the damage caused by summer storms, making every effort to get the lights back on as quickly and safely as possible,” Oberlander said. “That is no easy job, considering a large part of our district is heavily forested, making it difficult to pinpoint the exact location of a downed line. This damage restoration is in addition to the work they do each day to ensure the lines are maintained and in working order.”

Specifically, House Resolution 396 seeks to honor of the thousands of Pennsylvania men and women risking their lives every day ensuring the reliable delivery of electricity throughout the state.

“Lineworkers not only make personal sacrifices but face extreme conditions in all types of weather,” Oberlander continued. “They also lend a helping hand in other parts of the state and nation when they are needed for disaster relief, making themselves available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Tragically, Central Electric Cooperative lost one of its own linemen two years ago, and we continue to remember Michael Over for the dedication to his job and the people he served.”

“We appreciate Rep. Oberlander’s resolution honoring Pennsylvania lineworkers,” said Linda Moss, FirstEnergy president for Pennsylvania operations. “They are dedicated, skilled and hard-working; operating in all kinds of weather, all hours of the day. Our lineworkers take great pride in their work, ensuring they do their part to deliver the quality service our two million Pennsylvania customers expect and deserve.”

In addition to acknowledging the work of the state’s electric utilities, Oberlander also thanked the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association for all of its efforts in acknowledging the men and women who are on the front lines of ensuring the delivery of electric power across the state.

The Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association (PREA) joins Oberlander and members of the General Assembly in recognizing the important role lineworkers play in providing the public with safe, reliable electricity. Lineworkers perform extraordinary duties – often in demanding and dangerous conditions – to ensure the safe and continuous flow of this vital resource for all Pennsylvanians. On behalf of all of its electric cooperative members, PREA also expresses its appreciation for the outstanding service and dedication of Pennsylvania’s lineworkers.

Representative Donna Oberlander
63rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Jennifer Keaton
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