Our trucks can do more than lift line workers into the air. They can lift spirits, too, as they’re doing this spring at events in the Lehigh and Lancaster regions.
On April 21, Field Supervisor Bob Meyer and Lineman Leaders Dustin Miller and Mike Miller brought three bucket trucks to the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley’s annual Trucks & More fundraiser at the Allentown Fairgrounds. The PPL fleet included a 55-foot bucket truck, an 85-foot truck and a 158-foot truck.
The event gave kids of all ages an up-close look at trucks, buses, helicopters and other heavy machinery, as well as a chance to meet the people who operate it and learn about their work. The event included a “quiet hour” for children who are sensitive to noise.
“The event went really well. It was a nice day, with a good turnout, and there was a lot of interest in our trucks and in the work we do,” Meyer said.
Meanwhile, a PPL Electric Utilities “bronto” 100-foot high-reach truck is slated to take part in the annual Make-A-Wish Foundation truck convoy in Lancaster on Mother’s Day, May 13.
The 26-mile drive raises money for Make-A-Wish to fulfill the wishes of seriously ill children, some of whom also ride in the trucks. About 550 trucks are expected to participate this year.
Our employees in Lancaster have been regular supporters of the truck convoy. In fact, the drivers’ hospitality tent at the Lancaster event is named in honor of former PPL employee and convoy driver Denny Herr, who died in 2015. This year, the PPL truck will be driven by Lineman Leader Blair Snavely.
“We do it because there is no better feeling than to help children receive a wish,” said Service Technician Mary Hamilton, who worked with Herr and now coordinates our participation in the convoy. “It’s an awesome family day event.”