Published by The Bee News

May 3, 2023

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BULLHEAD CITY, AZ – The work of the Mohave Electric Cooperative staff, and most notably the linemen, was recognized with several certificates and proclamations recently during the MEC Employee Appreciation Day. 


Wednesday, April 26, Bullhead City Mayor Steve D’Amico; City Councilmembers Juan Lizarraga and Dan Alfonso; Mohave County Supervisor Hildy Angius and Penny Pew from Congressman Paul Gosar’s office all attended the event and presented MEC with awards. 


“Our community is great when it comes to thanking our veterans, police department, and other first responders,” said Mayor Steve D’Amico, “but often forgotten are these unsung heroes who risk their lives daily to keep the power flowing to our citizens.” 


In his speech prior to awarding the certificates, D’Amico talked extensively about the employees, specifically addressing the linemen’s work during the Labor Day outage. “These guys are up at the top of electrical poles working in the worst conditions to restore power while their own families are at home enduring the same outage,” D’Amico said. “I am here to make sure that they know that the community appreciates them.” 


When it was Angius’ turn, she read a prayer specifically authored for lineman as well as another inspirational lineman-themed poem. She also thanked the team for their work during the outage. 

“I was honored to be part of the Lineman celebration at Mohave Electric Cooperative on Wednesday,” said Mohave County Supervisor Hildy Angius. “It takes an event like the big storm of Labor Day to be reminded that these men risk their lives to keep our homes and businesses running. This event was a chance to give a great big thank you to Mohave Electric and all its employees for doing an outstanding job.” 


An emotional Pew spoke last and thanked the linemen as well. Pew discussed, through teary eyes, that her son was a lineman and recently suffered an injury when he was shocked with 7,200 volts. Pew then conveyed the thanks from her boss – Congressman Gosar – who could not attend as he was in Washington D.C.


MEC CEO Tyler Carlson opened and closed the celebration by discussing the past year’s accomplishments by his staff throughout all areas of the company and called at one point for the linemen and all outside workers to stand and receive an ovation. 


Founded in 1946, Mohave Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit utility providing reliable, cost-effective power to 36,700 members, 43,500 meters, with more than 1,555 miles of line spanning areas from Bullhead City to Topock on the west, Hualapai to Burro Creek to the south, and Nelson to the east. 

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