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Con Edison linemen

Con Edison linemen reconnect cables after a winter storm. The utility serving New York City and Westchester County, New York, has 34,000 miles of overhead cables. Photo courtesy of Con Edison.

First Responders of the Utility World

When nature strikes with fury, utility crews move to the front lines with compassion and commitment to restore power to customers.

Being a lineman can be tough on the body and the home life, as any lineman would say. However, when it comes to storm situations, things get really tough. Sixteen-hour days, seven days per week — getting the lights back on after a major weather event means no time for family birthdays, graduations, weddings or even tucking the kids into bed at night. It means going home for just a few hours to sleep (if lucky enough to be working in the area), or it means sleeping on cots in a gymnasiu

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