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Electric tradition: Friday marks National Lineman Day

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Friday marks National Lineman Day. No, we aren't talking about football players, but the linemen who work for power and utility companies across the U.S.

It's a day to recognize the hard work they do, especially during times of disaster.

Lineman say it's a tough job and not everyone can do it. The work is 365 days year, under extreme weather conditions and long hours.

Power crews are often the first on scene when dangerous conditions hit. When ice crippled parts of Atlanta in late January, Georgia Power teams from across the state spent nearly a week working through the mess.

"When you're in a community and its been devastated and you're there, people have a different emotion after electricity comes back on," said Bruce Bramlett with Georgia Power.

Crews from Water Gas & Light and Georgia Power are constantly putting their lives at risk to ensure residents have electricity at home.

"To hear people cheer- a lot of the times it will be cold. You worked all night. They'll bring us coffee and treats; we certainly appreciate that," recalled Woody Sharpe with Georgia Power.

Bramlett and Sharpe say lineman work is a family tradition, and both enjoy helping people.

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