He is the Lineman

 "He is the Lineman.

"He is the man from the electric company, come to turn the lights back on, because no one else can do it.
 
"He is in the heavy workboots and the bright yellow plastic hard hat, pulling his coat closer about him as he stands in the cold rain while, all about him, men women and children sleep peacefully in warm houses, not even realizing the bitter, raging storm has knocked their power out.
 
"He is the lineman.
 
"He is the man who leaves his own home at all hours of the day and night so that yours will be warm and brightly lit and comfortable as soon as possible.
 
"He is the lineman.
 
"He is the man who is dragged from his sleep in the middle of a rainy night because some kid with nothing better to do has a few beers, sped around a curve and hit a pole.
 
"He is the lineman.
 
"He is the man who has missed meals, school plays, Little League games, even Christmas Eve with his family to go to work so your family will have electricity.
 
"He is the lineman.
 
"He is the man who is reviled by the press after a storm because he was spied having a single cup of coffee on a stormy night, even though a few home were still without electricity.
 
"He is the lineman.
 
"He is the man who must make that one cup of coffee sustain him through a 16-hour shift, because there isn't time for him to get anything else.
 
"He is the lineman.
 
"He is the man who disappears from home at the first warning of a bad storm, and is not seen by his family for days, until every customer has his or her electricity back.
 
"He is the lineman.
 
"He is the man who will drive a heavy truck over a snowy, unlit, unplowed, unsanded country road in the middle of the night because one single home has lost its electricity.
 
"He is the lineman.
 
"He is the man who must handle live wires carrying tens of thousands of volts of electricity, no matter what time of day or night, no matter what the weather conditions.
 
"He is the lineman.
 
"He is the man who has a wife at home worrying, wondering if this will be the climb, the storm, which kills him.
 
"He is the lineman.
 
"He is the man his children cry for because they can't understand why their daddy is out in the snow while all the other daddies are home safe and warm with their children.
 
"He is the lineman.
 
"He is the man, who, even under the best of working conditions, has death sparking right under his nose every day.
 

"He is the lineman.

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