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LES lineworkers return from hurricane aid call

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Posted By: Sarah Fili


Eleven days ago more than two dozen Lincoln Electric System workers packed their bags and headed to Florida on a mutual aid call to help victims of Hurricane Matthew.

Despite some truck troubles, breaking down twice on the way there:

"Our max speed was 65 and you know it was a bumpy ride,” Ryan Eggett, a lineman , said.

And missed connections with loved ones:

"I stayed in contact with them in the beginning but  once we got to the Carolinas the cell coverage was hit or miss and it was hard to keep in contact and we worked long hours, you know we'd get up and get going ion the morning and we wouldn't stop until 11 o clock at night,” Eggett said.

They let nothing get in the way of restoring power to the hurricane ravaged area.

"Just being able to see those people without power, some of them were without power for about a week and when we are able to get their power restored they were incredibly thankful so it was well worth it,” Marcus Rist, a lineman, said.

When the work was done there, they got the call to head to South Carolina, a place some say, was hit harder than Florida. They say everywhere they went, they were met with hospitality and gratefulness.

"When we arrived in Bennettsville, S.C. they had trees down everywhere. They were happy to see us they put us up in a hotel, all the wives of the area got together and made us some good old southern cooking and it was some amazing cooking that I’ve never experienced,” Eggett said.

After working sixteen hours on eight hours off, for more than a week and hopping hotels seven times,  the men are happy to be home- and thankful for the experience.

"Met a lot of great people down there, everyone was really nice and appreciate of the help that we did when we got the lights back on, people were waving at us and stuff, very, I can't say enough good things about it,” Matthew Sokup, a lineman, said.

Although it was eleven days away from home, missing friends and family, all the linemen we spoke to said they'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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