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Thank a lineworker today

April 12, 2021 | Jason Kuiper | OPPD employees, T&D
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When storms hit or disaster strikes and the power goes out, they are the first responders, regardless of time or day. They put in countless hours maintaining the power lines that power our lives.

To honor those workers, Monday, April 12, is Nebraska Lineworkers Appreciation Day.

At OPPD, there are 163 linemen, including crew leaders, journeymen apprentices and troubleshooters. They are part of a tight and proud group of workers who do a dangerous job. And they do it under the most extreme conditions – blazing heat, pouring rain and frigid winter storms.

So take the time and join us in thanking a lineworker for all they do. Below is a gallery of OPPD line crews through the years.

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Line technicians Chris Ryan, right, and Dave Brinkman prepare to set a new power pole in a rural part of OPPD’s service territory.
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Line technician Dave Brinkman, left, and working line crew leader Roger Schwindt prepare a new power pole in a rural are of OPPD’s service territory in 2013.
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About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He is a former staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he covered a wide range of topics but spent the majority of his career covering crime. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has also appeared in several true crime documentary shows. In his free time he enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and three children, and reading crime novels.

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