The Nebraska Rural Electric Association is proud to join other power utilities and residents across the nation in recognizing Monday, April 13 as National Lineman Appreciation Day. This national day of recognition allows us to further honor the men and women who work to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electricity throughout the state.


“Our state’s 1,300 lineworkers are dedicated to serving Nebraskans,” said Troy Bredenkamp, Nebraska Rural Electric Association general manager. “They are committed to ensuring utilities across the state provide reliable and affordable electric service around the clock to businesses, industries, farmers, ranchers, and the individuals who know us as their friends and neighbors.”


Safety and efficiency play a critical role in the dangerous work of lineworkers, whether they’re building power lines, restoring service or turning on a customer’s power for the first time. They are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety heroes.


“When adverse weather conditions force most of us indoors, lineworkers are heading out to keep the lights on,” said Kevin Wailes, Nebraska Power Association president and Lincoln Electric System Administrator & CEO. “They work with thousands of volts of electricity in all types of conditions, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, to keep electricity flowing.”


To participate in honoring lineworkers and their families across the country, use the hashtag #ThankALineman in social media. But more importantly, if you see a lineworker today, take a moment to thank them for all they do to ensure and enhance the quality of life in Nebraska.