In honor of lineman appreciation day on April 8, we asked a few of our younger Dixie Electric members what a lineman does every day. We tried to capture the sentences just like they said them.
Here are their responses:
- “That man works on the pole to make things werk, like the tv.” -Ethan Cocarro, age 5
- “That is a lineman (in a photo), and he is fixing the pole. He fixes the line.” -Paisley Reid, age 5
- “They’re people that work on power lines.” -Ellia Johnson, age 9
- “People that work on lines.” -Adeline Fontenot, age 10
- “They put their lives at risk every day.” -Carson Lyons, age 11
- “They fix powerlines.” -Jett Johnson, age 11
- “He climbs the power pole and fixes the power when he gets up there.” Emily Boone, age 12
Our favorite comment was from a little boy who said, “lineman, you mean like a defensive lineman on a football team?”
For the most part, our younger members are correct. Our linemen spend each day either constructing or maintaining nearly 5,000 miles of power lines across parts of seven counties in Dixie Electric’s service area.
Our linemen work alongside our engineering department, warehouse personnel and right-of-way department to assure that our members have reliable electric service, while making safety a priority at all times. All of our departments work together to assure that our members receive quality service from their electric cooperative.
Lineman by the numbers
5 – years of training to become a lineman
6 – individuals on a line crew
11 – servicemen who troubleshoot
365 – days per year a lineman is on call