It’s just neighbors helping neighbors
In the cooperative world, “cooperation among cooperatives” is one of our core principles. Operations Supervisor Larry Tankersley described it best. Larry said, “We look forward to being able to go help other people. It’s just neighbors helping neighbors.”
For Larry, and most of the linemen who deployed to GEC, helping others restore power was nothing new; however, two apprentice linemen, AJ Coker and Cole Hatcher, experienced it for the first time. AJ was excited about going and enjoyed the trip, especially getting to know the other guys better. AJ also appreciated the GEC members and community.
“The ladies at the church took good care of us,” he said. “I was also able to have direct contact with some of their members, and they were very humbling. They were all excited to see us.”
“It would have taken them a long time without outside help and some of the guys working didn’t have power themselves, said Caleb. He also talked about the rewards of the trip. “There was this older lady who was home by herself because her husband is a tree cutter and was away helping others in response to the storm clean up,” he said. “Knowing that we are working toward something and making a difference is rewarding.”
Caleb said the most memorable part of the trip, however, was wading waist deep in water to climb a pole so they could restore power. Though that condition was not ideal, Caleb said he knew the older lady would be getting power back soon, and that made it worth it.