When storms hit areas, first responders are needed. Most people think of public safety officers, policemen and firefighters rescuing citizens in trouble.
But when giant storms hit areas, the first responders are often line clearance personnel (tree trimmers who trim limbs and trees around power lines) and linemen hanging out of bucket trucks and climbing poles to clear toppled trees and lift lines to let ambulances and firetrucks into areas affected by the high winds.
These highly trained workers often travel to wherever they are needed to work long hours helping to restore power to areas hit by storms. I remember my father, a lineman for Union Electric, doing this very thing.
You see these tree trimmers each day doing their jobs, trimming trees to prevent them from downing power lines and the linemen maintaining transformers and power lines that give us power for our everyday needs. We take these workers for granted but they are the ones that risk their lives on a daily basis and especially during times of trouble when storms hit our area.
Michael Ray Dillier