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Editorial

1.8 million Mississippians

By Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan,
Executive Vice President/CEO
EPAs of Mississippi

This April, we have something very special to celebrate — National Lineman Appreciation Month. In fact, April 13 is the date that Mississippi’s electric cooperatives, alongside all of the other co-ops across the country, will honor these hardworking professionals.

Did you know that geographically, approximately 85 percent of Mississippi relies on electric cooperatives for power? That equates to more than 1.8 million Mississippians.

I know we are all grateful to the devoted lineworkers who come to work every day with one goal: ensuring we all have reliable service. It is thanks to their dedication and skilled training that our lights are on, our rooms maintain comfortable temperatures and we are technologically connected to the outside world.

We may not always consider, however, the challenges these service-oriented lineworkers face — especially when Mother Nature proves unpredictable. When inclement weather occurs, they must be ready at a moment’s notice, day or night, to confront the elements. Oftentimes, this means they are out in dangerous conditions such as thunderstorms and hail.

The truth is, in the electric cooperative industry, lineworkers are our first responders. They work around the clock. They work in dangerous weather conditions. They work on high-voltage lines. They not only power through all kinds of conditions to ensure dependable service, they get the job done.

Whether restoring power after a major storm or maintaining critical infrastructure to our electric system, lineworkers truly are at the heart of everything we do. And it is the commitment of the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi to provide these brave men and women the resources, training and support needed to keep them safe and get them back home to their families.

On behalf of the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi, I want to also take this opportunity to extend my deepest gratitude to all co-op employees — because all roles are critical and work in tandem to fulfill the greater mission. We are stronger together!

Please join me April 13 and throughout the month of April to thank our lineworkers. There are more than 1.8 million Mississippians who rely on them, so let’s unite our voice in encouragement and gratitude. And if you are on social media, use #thankalineman to show your support for these men and women who do indeed light our lives.

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