Being a lineman is no easy feat. Training alone requires physical and mental strength, as you learn to safely operate high voltage power lines from 40 feet in the air, weighed down by heavy protective gear. Once you’re in the field, you can be called into action at any time – in the middle of the night and through severe weather.

Gov. Rick Snyder has issued a proclamation declaring April 18, 2017 as Lineman Appreciation Day in Michigan to recognize the approximately 115,000 highly trained and skilled linemen in the United States, servicing 9 million miles of wire.

“It is important for Michigan to recognize and express our appreciation to these dedicated men and women who put their lives at risk to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of power to our communities,” the proclamation reads. You can read the full proclamation below.

Know a student who may be up for the challenge of being a lineman? Read about how (and why) to talk to your kids about careers in energy.

Michigan Lineman Appreciation Day 2017

Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed today is Thank a Lineman Day in Michigan. To celebrate, here are a few linemen from our Pontiac service center reading thank you notes we received from kids following the March 8 windstorm. #ThankALineman

Posted by DTE Energy on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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