National Lineman Appreciation Day

On April 18th we honor the hard work, innovation, grit and dedication of electrical line workers.
They are a brotherhood and a family. Essential to the work we do, they are always appreciated!

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Irby Family of Linemen

Irby’s Linemen are the core of the Irby family. In some cases, they are family. Cousins or brothers, if not by name, they are bound by the brotherhood of their work and their mission to keep each other safe. They begin each day with a commitment to go home safe each night. Nonetheless, the job is a tall order and there is risk involved. So we must not only appreciate the linemen themselves but also their families for supporting them in their work to build and maintain power lines.

Storm Chasers

Linemen are never more appreciated than when they restore the normalcy of power following a major storm. When crews wrapped up work in Texas following Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma made landfall. Less than one month after Harvey, but after that same amount of time on the job restoring power, Irby crews packed their bags and headed for Florida rather than heading home. More than 300 of Irby Linemen performed storm work this past hurricane season. Many of which worked the two major storms, logging more than 114,000 hours collectively under their tool belts.

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Linemen in the U.S.

Irby Linemen Currently in the Field

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The story behind National Lineman Appreciation Day

“My name is Bill Bosch and I am an American lineman…” 

– Northwest Lineman College,  Lineman Channel 

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History

The story of the linemen that built out our nation’s electric power system is a tough one. They faced terrible weather, endured long hours and worked around the dangers of energized powerlines. They didn’t have the safety and efficiencies modern technologies and equipment provide. The original builders or our power system have been called the “unsung heroes” of the country’s progress. These men, were also Irby linemen. Since the birth of our industry Irby linemen have been “going the extra mile” and taking power to new places.

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Hot Sticking began

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Barehanding began

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Rubber Gloving started

Words from the Crew

Check out our People of Irby page for more testimonial videos, or our Youtube channel for our full library of videos about Irby.

Here's to all that you do!

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Barney Shorter Crane Training Group Barney Shorter Crane Training Group from Greenville SC wrote on June 27, 2020 at 10:33 pm:
There's something admirable about a Lineman.. its more than what meets the eye... its more than the team work they exhibit ... its more than the skill they display and the courage and hard work it takes. Its the willingness to pack up on a moments notice and respond to the nations disasters and "living on the go" in out of the way locations ... in their RVs and Fifth wheels. Building transmission around, under, and over every kind of geographical obstacle imaginable. "LINEMAN" ... maybe one of the last great professions in the American experience. You don't need to have a college degree. Its still a profession where a man (or a woman) can make something of themselves if... Read more
There's something admirable about a Lineman.. its more than what meets the eye... its more than the team work they exhibit ... its more than the skill they display and the courage and hard work it takes. Its the willingness to pack up on a moments notice and respond to the nations disasters and "living on the go" in out of the way locations ... in their RVs and Fifth wheels. Building transmission around, under, and over every kind of geographical obstacle imaginable. "LINEMAN" ... maybe one of the last great professions in the American experience. You don't need to have a college degree. Its still a profession where a man (or a woman) can make something of themselves if you put in the effort and if you are willing to learn. I think the word might be "NOBLE". There is something noble about the profession of being a Lineman. I am sure its why I do what I do !! Thank you Linemen...all of you.
Karla Dotson Karla Dotson from Crawfordville wrote on April 18, 2020 at 7:48 pm:
Thank you to all the linemen, but especially the Dotson family. This week Danny and Jimmy lost their brother Clyde, who worked with Irby. Their father Tera Dotson, started it all and raised four sons doing line work, and now a total of 10 grandsons are also working in the business (6 with Irby). It’s in their blood and they all love it. I pray each day for their continued safety and well being. I’ve always been so proud to be a lineman’s wife and mother! Karla Dotson (Danny)
Thank you to all the linemen, but especially the Dotson family. This week Danny and Jimmy lost their brother Clyde, who worked with Irby. Their father Tera Dotson, started it all and raised four sons doing line work, and now a total of 10 grandsons are also working in the business (6 with Irby). It’s in their blood and they all love it. I pray each day for their continued safety and well being. I’ve always been so proud to be a lineman’s wife and mother! Karla Dotson (Danny)
Tonya Ballard Tonya Ballard from Calhoun wrote on April 18, 2020 at 9:33 am:
Thank you to all the Lineman who work day in and out for weeks at a time to give us Electrical Power. We appreciate you putting yourself out there to help others. My son Austin has been with you since January. I’m so proud of him and the career he has chosen and I thank you for being such a great company for him to work for!
Thank you to all the Lineman who work day in and out for weeks at a time to give us Electrical Power. We appreciate you putting yourself out there to help others. My son Austin has been with you since January. I’m so proud of him and the career he has chosen and I thank you for being such a great company for him to work for!
Sheila Robertson Sheila Robertson from Stantonville wrote on April 18, 2020 at 8:23 am:
Thank you all for all you do! Jimmy Robertson stay safe out there💖
Thank you all for all you do! Jimmy Robertson stay safe out there💖
Dee Ohrt Dee Ohrt from Port st Lucie wrote on April 17, 2020 at 10:03 am:
Thank you to all our great men and women who work tirelessly without question. These amazing people care for others first and there are not enough thank yous that can be given to support them. I am a proud wife of a 20 veteran lineman with IRBY in central Fl. He alone amazes me. These linemen and linewomen put themselves in danger every day and yet they get up every morning and do what needs to be done. There is definitely a special place in heaven for those who keep the lights on. For all of you, stay safe, stay in the brotherhood and thanks again to the pole dancers who deserve the appreciation. Dee Ohrt
Thank you to all our great men and women who work tirelessly without question. These amazing people care for others first and there are not enough thank yous that can be given to support them. I am a proud wife of a 20 veteran lineman with IRBY in central Fl. He alone amazes me. These linemen and linewomen put themselves in danger every day and yet they get up every morning and do what needs to be done. There is definitely a special place in heaven for those who keep the lights on. For all of you, stay safe, stay in the brotherhood and thanks again to the pole dancers who deserve the appreciation. Dee Ohrt
Morgan Morgan from Lafayette wrote on April 17, 2020 at 9:40 am:
SO thankful for all the hardworking men and women in the power industry. My hometown got hit with tornadoes recently and they’ve been nothing but helpful, working day in and day out getting people’s power back. A shoutout to my boyfriend and his hard work and hours he puts in for Irby! He left behind 3 little girls just so he could be a help to someone in need. Again, thank you to all the lineman that put in your hard work.
SO thankful for all the hardworking men and women in the power industry. My hometown got hit with tornadoes recently and they’ve been nothing but helpful, working day in and day out getting people’s power back. A shoutout to my boyfriend and his hard work and hours he puts in for Irby! He left behind 3 little girls just so he could be a help to someone in need. Again, thank you to all the lineman that put in your hard work.
Charity Abel Charity Abel from Sebastopol, Ms wrote on April 17, 2020 at 8:37 am:
Thank you to all the men and women that keep our communities going and for all the hard work and dedication in uncertain times like these. Y’all sacrifice time away from your families to make sure others have power. I know that’s not an easy task because my husband Richard “Rick” Abel works for Irby and has been in south Florida for the past 2 years. Thank you again!
Thank you to all the men and women that keep our communities going and for all the hard work and dedication in uncertain times like these. Y’all sacrifice time away from your families to make sure others have power. I know that’s not an easy task because my husband Richard “Rick” Abel works for Irby and has been in south Florida for the past 2 years. Thank you again!
Carol Davidson Carol Davidson from Eustis, FL wrote on April 6, 2020 at 8:29 am:
Thank you to all the linemen who keep our communities strong. We are grateful for your commitment to our families, businesses and the greater good! Enjoy your special day - You deserve it and so much more!
Thank you to all the linemen who keep our communities strong. We are grateful for your commitment to our families, businesses and the greater good! Enjoy your special day - You deserve it and so much more!
Michelle Shelton Michelle Shelton from NEW MARKET wrote on March 4, 2020 at 11:37 am:
My uncle, Charlie Roper worked for Irby for as long as I can remember. He and his family traveled all over the world putting up power lines. His boys, Frank & Trawick followed in his foot steps. They do a very dangerous job. We are all thankful every time we flip a light switch for the job these men and women do everyday.
My uncle, Charlie Roper worked for Irby for as long as I can remember. He and his family traveled all over the world putting up power lines. His boys, Frank & Trawick followed in his foot steps. They do a very dangerous job. We are all thankful every time we flip a light switch for the job these men and women do everyday.
Linda Harden Linda Harden from Dothan wrote on April 18, 2019 at 6:42 pm:
Thank you lineman for all the hard work and dedication you do. We appreciate each and everyone of you!! Especially my two sons.. Be careful!!
Thank you lineman for all the hard work and dedication you do. We appreciate each and everyone of you!! Especially my two sons.. Be careful!!
Teresa Hourigan Teresa Hourigan from Oswego wrote on April 18, 2019 at 10:14 am:
Thank you to all the Lineman out there! We appreciate each and everyone of you! Be safe!
Thank you to all the Lineman out there! We appreciate each and everyone of you! Be safe!
Andre Foster Andre Foster from Ridgeland wrote on April 18, 2019 at 9:25 am:
The power went out due to bad storms that came through last Friday evening. Wading through the dark trying to find flashlights, candles, anything that would give us a sense of a return to light, I walked outside to total darkness and quiet. Neighbors were peeking out their windows to catch a glance outside as if to confirm if they were the only ones' to lose power. We huddled together as a family in the living room and spent the next several hours not doing much, just in our comfortable home making jokes and figuring out what to eat for dinner. We were able to do this because of YOU. Linemen. YOU are the ones who sacrifice time away from... Read more
The power went out due to bad storms that came through last Friday evening. Wading through the dark trying to find flashlights, candles, anything that would give us a sense of a return to light, I walked outside to total darkness and quiet. Neighbors were peeking out their windows to catch a glance outside as if to confirm if they were the only ones' to lose power. We huddled together as a family in the living room and spent the next several hours not doing much, just in our comfortable home making jokes and figuring out what to eat for dinner. We were able to do this because of YOU. Linemen. YOU are the ones who sacrifice time away from being with YOUR families. YOU are the ones who drive toward the storm and not away. I and my family are so THANKFUL for all YOU give in time, effort, dedication to craft, and leadership to make US comfortable during the storm. We didn't worry that light would return. We knew it would...because of YOU. So thank YOU, Lineman. I am honored to work for a company that supports YOU and all that YOU do to power our communities.
Sami Sami wrote on April 18, 2019 at 9:14 am:
Thank you to all the linemen and linewomen for all you do! Stay safe out there.
Thank you to all the linemen and linewomen for all you do! Stay safe out there.
Crystal Gray Crystal Gray from Memphis wrote on April 17, 2019 at 8:37 pm:
I’ve been a lineman’s wife for nearly twenty years. It can be very hard on a family. When storms come through, he’s never home and the days are long. He loves what he’s does and loves teaching the new apprentice coming up. It’s a profession that not just anybody can do and I am so thankful to my husband and all lineman for their sacrifice to keep the lights on. So today, tomorrow and everyday, thank you for all you do! Be safe, so that you can get back to your families! *My husband is Richard Gray, working in Arkansas right now.
I’ve been a lineman’s wife for nearly twenty years. It can be very hard on a family. When storms come through, he’s never home and the days are long. He loves what he’s does and loves teaching the new apprentice coming up. It’s a profession that not just anybody can do and I am so thankful to my husband and all lineman for their sacrifice to keep the lights on. So today, tomorrow and everyday, thank you for all you do! Be safe, so that you can get back to your families! *My husband is Richard Gray, working in Arkansas right now.
Amy Dionne Amy Dionne from Houston wrote on April 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm:
Thanks for all you do! We celebrate you every day!
Thanks for all you do! We celebrate you every day!
Bill Korlath Bill Korlath wrote on April 18, 2018 at 10:42 pm:
Cheers to all the men and women in this noble profession. You are counted on to do the nearly impossible. When folks run from storms, you run towards them, when the weather or terrain seems impossible to navigate, no one gives up; with proper planning and commitment to safety, there is nothing that cannot be done. I worked for Irby Construction for 45 years and I was proud of the company that I worked for and the fine folks I worked with everyday. Reputations are earned not given. A company is only as good as its employees; there is no wonder why Irby is considered the best. I salute everyone of you for everything you do, day in and day... Read more
Cheers to all the men and women in this noble profession. You are counted on to do the nearly impossible. When folks run from storms, you run towards them, when the weather or terrain seems impossible to navigate, no one gives up; with proper planning and commitment to safety, there is nothing that cannot be done. I worked for Irby Construction for 45 years and I was proud of the company that I worked for and the fine folks I worked with everyday. Reputations are earned not given. A company is only as good as its employees; there is no wonder why Irby is considered the best. I salute everyone of you for everything you do, day in and day out! You all make a difference. Thank You
Hope Chisholm Hope Chisholm wrote on April 18, 2018 at 9:57 pm:
Thank you linemen and linewomen for all yall do. As a Linewife married to Jeffery Chisholm. OUR families appreciate everything yall do.Always know everyone of yall is in our prayers. So again we thank you. BE SAFE, YOU ARE YOUR BROTHERS KEEPER.
Thank you linemen and linewomen for all yall do. As a Linewife married to Jeffery Chisholm. OUR families appreciate everything yall do.Always know everyone of yall is in our prayers. So again we thank you. BE SAFE, YOU ARE YOUR BROTHERS KEEPER.
Sue Howell Sue Howell wrote on April 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm:
Linemen and women everywhere: I'd like to extend my thanks to all of you for the tremendous jobs you do. In the worst of conditions y'all never fail us. You're always there when needed despite rain, snow, sweltering temperatures, and freezing cold. You're the reason our lights come on. You're the reason our food doesn't spoil. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do. YOU PEOPLE JUST ROCK !!!
Linemen and women everywhere: I'd like to extend my thanks to all of you for the tremendous jobs you do. In the worst of conditions y'all never fail us. You're always there when needed despite rain, snow, sweltering temperatures, and freezing cold. You're the reason our lights come on. You're the reason our food doesn't spoil. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do. YOU PEOPLE JUST ROCK !!!
Amanda Lott Amanda Lott wrote on April 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm:
Thanks for all that you do everyday. Stay safe and keep up the great work. We value each and every employee at Irby and want to make sure you know it.
Thanks for all that you do everyday. Stay safe and keep up the great work. We value each and every employee at Irby and want to make sure you know it.
Tiffany Concklin Tiffany Concklin wrote on April 18, 2018 at 2:49 pm:
My son is 19 years old and just graduated in March from Northwest Lineman College in California. When we toured the college he knew without a doubt that this was the line of work he was made to do. With a lot of hard work, he graduated at the top of his class and hopes to start an apprenticeship as soon as possible. I have so much excitement for his future as I learn more and more about this industry. What a joy to explore your website this morning and realize its National Lineman Apprecaiton Day! THANK YOU for service!! THANK YOU for the safety measures you take as a company to protect our Lineman and bring them home safe... Read more
My son is 19 years old and just graduated in March from Northwest Lineman College in California. When we toured the college he knew without a doubt that this was the line of work he was made to do. With a lot of hard work, he graduated at the top of his class and hopes to start an apprenticeship as soon as possible. I have so much excitement for his future as I learn more and more about this industry. What a joy to explore your website this morning and realize its National Lineman Apprecaiton Day! THANK YOU for service!! THANK YOU for the safety measures you take as a company to protect our Lineman and bring them home safe to their families. As his mom, I hope he gets the opportunity with your company.
Kelsey Smith Kelsey Smith wrote on April 18, 2018 at 2:42 pm:
All of us from Houston thank you! Happy Lineman Day!
All of us from Houston thank you! Happy Lineman Day!
Erika Waters Erika Waters wrote on April 18, 2018 at 2:38 pm:
Thanks for all you do every day!!!
Thanks for all you do every day!!!
Desiree Desiree wrote on April 18, 2018 at 2:33 pm:
Today, we appreciate the professionals in an incredibly dangerous but necessary profession. Thank you to the men and women who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on. Usually, lineman are only thought of when the power is out, but today we are reminded to #thankalineman. I would personally like to thank my brother, Travis Martin. He is a lineman on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and I could not be more proud of him!
Today, we appreciate the professionals in an incredibly dangerous but necessary profession. Thank you to the men and women who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on. Usually, lineman are only thought of when the power is out, but today we are reminded to #thankalineman. I would personally like to thank my brother, Travis Martin. He is a lineman on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and I could not be more proud of him!
Sara Rogers Sara Rogers wrote on April 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm:
Thanks for all that you do!
Thanks for all that you do!
Zach Chisholm Zach Chisholm wrote on April 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm:
Thanks to all the hard working linemen and linewoman the world would be a dark place with out you.
Thanks to all the hard working linemen and linewoman the world would be a dark place with out you.
Catherine Catherine wrote on April 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm:
Thank you all for all that you do!
Thank you all for all that you do!
Andre Foster Andre Foster wrote on April 18, 2018 at 1:12 pm:
Special thank you to all of our lineman at Irby and across the industry.
Special thank you to all of our lineman at Irby and across the industry.
Lisa Lisa wrote on April 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm:
You folks are the best. Proud of you all!!!
You folks are the best. Proud of you all!!!
Katie Katie wrote on April 16, 2018 at 8:51 pm:
You guys are awesome! Thank you!
You guys are awesome! Thank you!