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In honor of National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 8th we pause to express our gratitude to those who keep us connected to one another, our comforts and our resources.
These are the men and women who risk their lives daily to keep us safe despite extremely trying and difficult conditions. We sat down with three of our linemen; Wade Mizelle, Dickie Brannock and Daryl Renegar to talk about their experiences working for EnergyUnited and what it means to be a vital part of our local connection.
Wade Mizelle: Wade has worked as a lineman for EnergyUnited for the past year and a half. He first became interested in this line of work through a family friend, and the rest is history. The benefits of working for a co-op? “The camaraderie, no drama, and family-feel where you really feel like you and your work matters,” states Wade. Mr. Mizelle is proud to work in a role where he can move up the ladder and feel secure in his job’s worth. He explains, “No matter how advanced technology gets, or bustling the cities become, there’s no doubt that my job will always matter—and that feels good.”
Dickie Brannock: Dickie has been a lineman for EnergyUnited for 29 years, so it’s safe to say he’s seen a thing or two and met many member-owners along the way. It’s the aspect that stands out the most when chatting with Dickie is his appreciation for the communities he serves. “I talk with members daily” he says, “Our kids grew up together, they played ball together, we go to church together. It just feels like you’re doing the neighborly thing when you’re helping out in the communities that raised you.” As a North Carolina native, this rings especially true for Dickie— “The area has changed immensely but it’s given me the opportunity to be a real part of the growing North Carolina economy. I get to meet people from all over that just moved here and I like that.”
Daryl Renegar: Daryl came into this profession out of his love for the great outdoors but perhaps stayed for the adrenaline rush. “The job itself has lived up to the reputation of offering different and exciting things. We go to areas devastated by storms and it’s hugely eye-opening. You see things that really make you appreciate the simplest of joys.” He continues, “The job is exciting since you’re working with and holding high voltage right in your hands. It’s a huge rush, it makes you feel special cause not everyone can do this.” Based on the risk involved, we asked Daryl who he thinks has the more challenging job: a lineman in the NFL or a lineman for EnergyUnited. He chuckles and then answers without hesitation, “We do!”
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