Owen Electric Linemen Recognized with Awards for Skills and Dedication
Left to right: Tony Bach and Trevor Evans accept awards at the ceremony following the Lineman's Rodeo; Orman Glass was unavailable for photos with his awards.
Linemen from Owen Electric Cooperative demonstrated their agility, preparation, strength and dedication, while bringing home some awards during the 2019 Lineman's Rodeo in Elizabethtown.
Teams from 15 electric cooperatives from across the state took part in two days of competitions held at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.
The awards were presented by Kentucky Electric Cooperatives on the final day of the event.
"We are extremely proud of our teams and all the linemen who competed," said Whitney Duvall, spokesperson for Owen Electric. "The awards are the result of a lot of hard work and practice that our linemen put in to prepare for this."
Before the competitions began, the linemen held a solemn tribute to remember linemen who have fallen in the line of duty. During the ceremony, linemen climbed a pole, unfurled an American and Kentucky flag, hung a wreath and then added empty boots.
The annual event is coordinated by Kentucky Electric Cooperatives. Volunteers from electric co-ops work as judges and perform many other duties for the events.
The following Owen Electric linemen brought home awards:
- Orman Glass: Senior Events, First Place- Hurtman, Skills Climb, Mystery; Third Place- Angle Clip
- Tony Bach: Individual Journeymen Events, First Place- Hurtman, Skills Climb, Mystery; Second Place- Angle Clip
- Trevor Evans: Apprentice Events, First Place- Skills Climb; Second Place- Mystery
- Orman Glass- Senior, First Place
- Tony Bach- Individual Journeymen, First Place
- Trevor Evans- Apprentice, Second Place
Owen Electric is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 62,000 home and business accounts over nine counties in northern Kentucky.
"Our linemen really deserve this recognition," said Duvall. "They are truly first responders. No matter the conditions, if they can safely perform the work, they are on the job until the lights come back on, and there when people need them the most."