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JEMC Releases Pike Crew Bound for Puerto Rico

(JEFFERSON, GA. Nov. 7, 2017) – As Puerto Rico continues to recover from a devastating hurricane that knocked out power to nearly the whole island, a Pike crew normally assigned to Jackson EMC is headed that way to help rebuild. Jackson EMC released the five-man crew, normally assigned to the Neese District in Madison County, for a 30-day period to help in the massive power restoration effort.

Ben Brissey, Corey Brown, Larry Ferguson, Devin Humpheirs and Drake Lathan will help restore power in Puerto Rico.

“As workers from across America help rebuild Puerto Rico’s electric grid, we were happy to release a crew to go and assist with that monumental effort,” said Tommy Parker, Jackson EMC Director of Operations Services. “As always, we evaluate any requests we receive for assistance, whether it’s one of our contractors or our own employees, and we’ll assist whenever we can.”

Millions of people have been without power in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria made a direct hit on the island in late September, destroying much of the local generation, transmission and distribution systems. Today, roughly 60 percent of the island’s residents remain without power.

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 225,000 meters on 14,000 miles of energized wire. For more information, visit jacksonemc.com.