Broad River Electric was well-represented at the first ever S.C. Lineman’s Rodeo this week in Florence.
Three of the cooperative’s linemen competed – Daniel Sams, Garen Murray, and Andrew Hayes.
David Upchurch was a master judge for the competition.
Courtney Everette, Jerrica Bailey, Beth Childers, and Ryan Thomas volunteered to assist participants and spectators at the event.
The first S.C. Lineman’s Rodeo took place March 15-16, 2019, at the Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce City Park in Florence. Electric cooperative linemen from across South Carolina demonstrated their trade skills in a fun, friendly and competitive atmosphere. Competitions for both new and veteran lineworkers included a “Hurtman Rescue” where climbers must scale a 40’ pole to rescue a simulated injured worker.
In addition to the competitions, the event provided a close-up opportunity for high school students and recent graduates to explore careers as lineworkers for electric system construction and maintenance. The well-paying jobs attract people looking for stable careers in an industry that is vital to community and state growth.