Jackson EMC Linemen Take Trophies at Georgia Lineman's Rodeo
(JEFFERSON, GA. May 10, 2019) -- Jackson EMC linemen out matched many others from across the state at the 26th annual Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo, held May 4 in Fort Valley, Georgia.
Four Jackson EMC Journeyman teams finished in the top ten out of a total of 29 teams. And, five apprentices finished in the top ten out of a group of 76 apprentices from across the state. These competitors completed a series of events that test traditional linemen skills and tasks. In total, Jackson EMC sent eight journeymen teams and 15 apprentices to the Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo.
“Being a lineman is an honor, but it’s also one of the most dangerous jobs in America,” said Joe Dorough, vice president of engineering and operations at Jackson EMC. “By participating in the rodeo, our linemen refine their skillset with other professionals and improve their work, which is often done in difficult conditions.
Based on their experience and training, linemen who have worked in the industry for at least seven years, and show the necessary skills, receive the distinction of journeymen. For rodeo, a journeymen linemen team includes three competitors who test their skills in a series of four events. Apprentice linemen also compete in four individual events and complete a written test.
This year’s competitive events at the rodeo included: Hurtman rescue, switch relocation, armor rod replacement, jumper replacement, tank mount arrestor change, yard light replacement and insulator replacement on a cross arm.
Ben Campbell, Jerry Minish and Brandon Carter — a journeymen team from Neese — finished second place overall in the journeymen division. Greg Angel, Dwayne Dickerson and Jason Bond — a journeymen team from Neese — finished third place overall in the journeymen division. Jeff Sutton, Kaleb Chapman and Jeremy Adams — a journeymen team with members from Oakwood and Jefferson — finished fifth place overall in the journeymen division.
Sutton, Chapman and Adams finished first in the hurtman rescue, switch relocation and jumper replacement (mystery event #2). Angel, Dickerson and Bond finished third in armor rod replacement (mystery event #1) and third in the EMC division. Campbell, Minish and Carter finished second in the EMC division and third in the switch relocation. Matt Tolar Will Chase and Kevin Grant, a journeymen team from Gainesville, finished second in the hurtman rescue.
Clay Phillips, Austin Gragg and Justin Cash, of Jefferson, finished ninth overall.
In the journeymen senior division, Terry Jones, Daryll Bond and David Holloway finished second overall.
Collin Ward, of Jefferson, finished third place overall in the apprentice division. He also finished third place overall in the EMC division of apprentices and third place in the tank mount arrestor change event. Dillon Welborn, of Jefferson, finished fourth place overall in the apprentice division and second place in the insulator replacement (mystery event #2).
Other top finishers include: Devin Humphries, sixth place overall; Cody Thompson, eighth place overall; and Josh Nix, ninth place overall.
“Our linemen are highly skilled professionals and did a great job at this year’s rodeo,” said Tommy Parker, director of operation services at Jackson EMC. “The linemen’s rodeo also allows the competitors’ families to see their loved ones in action and they have tremendous support on the sidelines.”
Results from the event are available at: http://www.garodeo.com/home-page-results/?fbclid=IwAR3JfEY3_oWllTtPewJeUu_9vc8G7d1ODmqLM1FUXNDGgAYhi5eIy6g2wvY
A gallery of photos is available at: https://jacksonemc.canto.com/v/public/landing
Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, is headquartered 50 miles northeast of Atlanta in Jefferson, Ga. The cooperative serves more than 230,000 meters on 14,132 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.