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National Lineman Appreciation Day

April 18, 2013

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution declaring April 18 National Lineman Appreciation Day.

Sens. John Isakson of Georgia and Michael Bennet of Colorado sponsored the resolution to honor linemen who "work under dangerous conditions far from their families to construct and maintain the energy infrastructure of the United States." The document acknowledges that linemen put their lives on the line every day with little community recognition.

The Senate also recognized that the lineman profession is "steeped in personal, family, and professional tradition."

In Texas, electric cooperatives took advantage of the national spotlight to thank their own linemen, many publishing acknowledgements in Texas Co-op Power and posting tributes on social media sites.