Hometown Hero: Power Restorers

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

"I guess 21 hours a day. 21 or 22."

That's how much Andrew Deweese has worked each of the last few days. He's one of hundreds of linemen/women who refused to rest until your lights were restored. And their efforts are not going un-noticed.

"The sign out there first said no power because we had a row of houses here that was without power for what we thought was a long time. But it wasn't really, compared to some," says Lyndell Graven, a thankful Warren County resident.

Graven says it took no time at all for them to get the power back and he owes them a debt of gratitude. Graven has put a sign in his front yard reading, "Thanks Warren RECC."

"They are out in the weather and out in the elements. We're all sitting at home, somewhat snug and somewhat comfortable and they're out doing what we coudln't do," says Graven.

The lineman's job is not easy or safe. They're working with 13 thousand volts installing new poles.

Mike Eastridge, of Warren RECC says, "It is serious and very dangerous. Our employees are very dedicated. They feel obligated to get customers power back on. As a matter of fact, when we asked some of our employees to go home, they didn't want to go."

Andrew Deweese says, "We're just trying to get them back on. We know it's our job and it's our duty to get peopel'es lights back on as soon as we can."

That's why the folks who helped us turn on the lights agian are this week's Hometown Heroes.


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