National Lineman Day

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MARIANNA, Fla. (WTVY) -- Lineman all over the world put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety and that we have power in our homes.

Being a lineman is a job that many may not want to do but plays a vital role in our community.

West Floridia Electric CEO Ty Peel said, “They're the backbone of our company and we're so pleased to recognize them today, and honor them today with a luncheon and we hope to do this for the next 10 years.”

West Florida Electric Cooperative is one of many companies who spent long days and hours working during hurricane Michael.

For these linemen, it's a special calling especially months after one of the worst natural disasters to hit our area.

Crew Leader Will Melton said, “A lineman loves to help whatever it takes. I've been a lineman for 31 years, and the passion is wearing off after the storm but it's still very fulfilling."

Dalton Pettis has only been with West Florida Electric for four years and says hurricane Michael was a humbling experience.

"To hear somebody's line back up looking down the line at night and seeing the lights come back on and you hear people that have been outside that haven't had power hooping and hollering for something you just did. People are very grateful for it."

This is the 4th year West Florida Electric has held this luncheon and they say this is just a small token of appreciation for their linemen and it doesn't measure up to all their hard work.

The second Thursday in April is considered National Lineman Day across America.

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