Love on the line

James P. “Pat” Howle, Executive Vice President and CEO

HORRY ELECTRIC line crew workers, don’t work alone on our power lines. Whether they are climbing poles, restoring power, or clearing tree limbs to prevent future outages, they are never far from the hearts of their families and friends who love them.

At this time of year, stores seem flooded with hearts, candy, and cards professing true love. But to be honest those sentiments pale in comparison to the expressions of love I see and hear about every time a storm sweeps through our area.

If the lights go out, the families and friends of our line crew workers send their loved ones out into the elements. When other electric cooperatives are in trouble after devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and floods, our line workers have traveled as far as Virginia, Louisiana and Florida to bring the lights back on for complete strangers. Each time these brave folks leave home to help those in need, their families are left behind, praying for a safe return.

Working with high-voltage electricity, line crew workers find themselves in life and death situations on a regular basis. That’s why Horry Electric focuses on safety first. The emphasis on safety directly benefits members in quicker outage restoration and cost savings; it also helps our employees get back home safely to their loved ones. We know spouses, children and friends of our line crew workers appreciate that!

Marrying into this profession isn’t easy. Line crew workers are often on call, and must be ready to respond at a moment’s notice if our community needs them. This makes children’s sporting events and family get-togethers hard to pull off sometimes. But our crews who keep your power flowing do it because they know, without their commitment, many of the things we’ve come  to expect— refrigeration, lights, appliances, entertainment—wouldn’t be possible. By devoting their lives to working on utility lines, they connect all of us to a better way of life.

This Valentine’s Day, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has openly expressed appreciation for the work these folks do through our social media outlets, by making a quick phone call to the office or by taking the time to write a letter to me and our board of trustees. I’d also like to thank everyone for the prayers said for our line crews when they have to work long hours, no matter what the weather, to make necessary repairs and keep power flowing to our homes each and every day.

Whether it is your spouse, your parent, your child, your friend or your neighbor, we thank you for putting your love on the line—we’re committed to making sure they return home safe and sound.

Happy Valentine’s to all of you!

Questions?  Please call us at 843.369.2211. 


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