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75th Anniversary

OPPD line crews through the years

April 15, 2019 | Laura King-Homan | flashback, history, OPPD employees, T&D
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Just as the faces of OPPD line crews have changed, so have their equipment and vehicles. These photos show line crews from the 1920s and 50s.

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An OPPD line crew poses in front of a four-cylinder White truck in 1927. OPPD archive photo
OPPD line crews
An OPPD line crew photographed in 1956 out in the field. OPPD archive photo
OPPD line crews
An OPPD line crew from the Valley, Neb., area pause during work in 1956. OPPD archive photo

Present-day line crews, pictured below, are on the front lines of customer service for OPPD and are often the “face” of the district in the community. Their jobs are still dangerous, but advances in safety help to protect them every day in the field.

OPPD line crews
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.
OPPD line crews
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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About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is the supervisor, Brand and Communication Operations, at Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, including the Omaha World-Herald.

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