Electric cooperatives across North Carolina and the nation will recognize the many contributions of our linemen by celebrating Lineworker Appreciation Day on Monday, April 13. Join us in thanking the hardworking men and women whose diligent efforts and skilled expertise keep the lights on for co-op members.

“We couldn’t carry out our mission without the daily dedication of our linemen,” said Jeff Clark, CEO of JOEMC. “It’s a demanding job on the front line of our co-op that often requires working around the clock 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 heroes in every sense of the word,” Mr. Clark 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.”

On April 13 (or anytime during the month of April), show your support and gratitude to our dedicated crews on various social media platforms by using the hashtag #ThankaLineworker!

This year, we interviewed a few of our lineworkers to learn more about what this job means to them.