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EnergyUnited lineman, Levi Fagan has earned the esteemed title of state champion at the 16th biennial Pole Top Rescue Competition. The event took place Thursday, May 30 and was hosted by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives in Raleigh.
The competition pits line workers against the clock and each other as they demonstrate the technical skills, safety knowledge and expertise required to work on electric utility lines. Fagan’s time of 1.36.44 minutes was the fastest of all 23 competitors and earned him a $1,000 prize.
Levi has worked with EnergyUnited since 2014, but has always had an interest in electricity thanks in large part to his father, Sandy—a senior crew leader for EnergyUnited in Taylorsville.
“Line work is deeply rooted in our family history, going back to when my dad was first hired by EnergyUnited as a warehouseman in 1990,” Fagan said. “But the linemen I work with feel like family, too. So, while it’s great to win this competition, it’s important to remember what this is all about: being prepared to respond in a life-or-death situation involving the people you care about.”
And with family in mind (and as motivation), it’s no wonder that Levi outperformed the competition.
“Safety is a priority for EnergyUnited and each of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives,” said Jason Wilson, job training & safety specialist for EnergyUnited. “The Pole Top Rescue Competition brings our commitment to safety and preparedness into focus, and we are proud of Levi for his dedication and professionalism.”
From all of us in the EU community, congratulations Levi!
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