CEC linemen compete
Published 9:45 pm Thursday, June 30, 2016
Testing their skills against more than 150 linemen from six states, three apprentice linemen from Community Electric Cooperative took part in the 14th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo, held June 3 and 4 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell.
Jonathan Powell, Eric Galford and Evan Wagonsomer competed in both the Equipment Operator’s Rodeo on Friday and the Gaff-n-Go Rodeo on Saturday, testing their skills against 44 apprentices from other utilities in this safety-focused annual competition.
CEC employees Ricky Brame and Steve Saunders also served as volunteer judges for this year’s event.
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Named for the spike linemen attach to their boots when climbing electric utility poles, the Gaff-n-Go Rodeo is organized by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.
The only competition of its type in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo offers professional linemen the opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills as they perform a variety of designated electric line-work tasks. Their performances are timed and scored, with safe work practices the most important factor in judging.
“The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo promotes safety and teamwork,” CEC’s president and chief executive officer Steven A. Harmon said. “The job our linemen do to ‘keep the lights on’ for our members is a dangerous one. We’re thrilled that our apprentices did well in this year’s competition.”
Community Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Windsor, is a not-for-profit, member-owned energy provider serving nearly 11,000 homes, farms and businesses in the counties of Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex and Suffolk.