We honor July 10 as Lineworker Appreciation Day, in keeping with the date chosen by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Edison Electric Institute.

It’s a day to recognize the field workers who go out at all hours, in all weather, to make sure you get safe, affordable electric service you can count on.

That said, our linemen, troublemen and other field employees make contributions that go above and beyond their work on our electrical grid.  They volunteer with local agencies, visit schools to talk with students, keep their hometowns safe by working as volunteer firefighters, and much more.

We’re thankful for those community contributions as well, and we’d like to recognize them today.

In case you missed them, here are some previous Stories posts about the community efforts of our committed field workers:

Lineman Leader Matt Strohl (pictured), off duty at his son’s baseball game, leapt into action to keep others safe after a car accident brought  down an electrical line.

Six employees from the Bethlehem area recently helped build a new playground in North Catasauqua borough.

Two journeyman linemen went back to their old high school to give students a firsthand look at work in the electric industry.

Journeyman Electrician Allen Mausteller was one of seven employees honored by PPL for their volunteer work. (He’s also visited schools to meet with students.)

Construction Supervisor Robin Fry volunteers to pack food at a Harrisburg-area food bank, continuing a family tradition of involvement.

Three employees hosted a class from Millville Junior-Senior High School.

Nine Bloomsburg-area employees gave their time to remove old lighting and poles from a Little League complex in Danville (pictured at the top of this post).

Journeyman Substation Electrician Mike Umble was honored for helping pull a man from a crashed car shortly before the car caught fire.

Three Frackville employees helped a man who was overcome by the heat.

Troubleman Michael Taylor rescued a stranded cat from the top of a pole.

Stay tuned to PPL Stories for more stories of PPL Electric Utilities employees’ service to their communities.