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Line Technicians Sharpen Skills in Annual Rodeo

Your co-op’s line technicians recently represented Walton EMC at the annual Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo near Perry.

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Apprentice Line Technician Ben Campbell placed fourth overall in the recent Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo and will represent Walton EMC at the International Lineman’s Rodeo near Kansas City this October.

Apprentice Line Technician Ben Campbell captured fourth place honors in the overall apprentice division and EMC apprentice division as well as third place in written test. Apprentice Brandon Brooks placed eighth in the overall apprentice and EMC apprentice divisions. Both will advance to the International Lineman’s Rodeo competition this October.

Other apprentice division competitors were Jacob McNary and Jason Higgins. Competing in the journeyman division were Bradley McCallister, Preston Roberts and Ryan West.

The rodeo is an annual event that tests line technicians’ skill and knowledge in performing electrical line work. Journeymen compete on three-man teams while apprentices compete individually. This year’s event saw 86 apprentice competitors and 11 journeyman teams.

Practice and preparation for the event increases the competitors’ efficiency and safe work habits during everyday tasks.