For the fifth straight year, OPPD held its Day of Remembrance with a moving ceremony. This year’s ceremony was held at the district’s Omaha Service Center.
The ceremony is the utility’s way to honor the memories of the 18 employees who have died in the line of duty and included a district-wide moment of silence at 8:25 a.m., on May 18.
“It’s really fitting for us to have it here,” said OPPD President and CEO Tim Burke at the beginning of the ceremony. “Because over the last 36 hours, our men and women at OPPD have worked tirelessly through the nights to restore power to the folks in eastern Nebraska, from as far north as Blair to as far south as Rulo.”
Burke was referring to the major storm system that brought straight-line winds and damaged trees and power lines on Tuesday night throughout the OPPD service area. Burke thanked the employees, many of whom were just getting off from working an overnight shift of storm restorations and repairs.
Burke then went through and read the name of each worker and the circumstances surrounding their death. He then read “A Utility Worker’s Prayer” before the moment of silence.
The Day of Remembrance was the idea of OPPD employees, Jackie Jensen and John Thurber. The event was livestreamed for viewing by OPPD employees across the district Thursday.