The Guam Power Authority will recognize one young local resident as an Honorary Lineman during tonight’s Consolidated Commission on Utilities GPA Working Session at the Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Building in Fadian, Mangilao at 4:30 p.m. in the Board Room.
“Line crews were working Friday evening, 6 July 2018 troubleshooting along Ramirez Street in Ordot. The crew cleared bamboo in contact with service lines in the area and were restoring four homes that were without power,” stated John M. Benavente, P.E. General Manager “One of our lineman was setting a ladder against a pedestal to tie in and repair the customer service drop when a seven year old boy walked up to the ladder and held on to it. The young boy was cautioned to move away but the young boy insisted saying, “No, I want to hold the ladder.”
The GPA line electrician supervisor quickly obtained a hardhat and advised the young boy to wear the safety gear if he was to be near GPA crews. A hardhat was properly fitted on the young boy and he proceeded to hold the ladder while the lineman restored power to the residence.
“GPA is thankful for the community’s support during recent restoration efforts. The Authority wanted to especially recognize the assistance of Mr. Rene “Rumble” Purruganan. We thank him for his contributions in the field,” remarked Benavente. GPA will recognize him as an honorary lineman and provide him with an official lineman jacket, hardhat, safety vest, and goggles. GPA extends a special thanks to Mr. Purruganan and all our customers for their support and patience during and after Tropical Storm Maria.
(L-R): Howard Kinlock, Electrician Troubleshooter; Roque Munoz, Electrician Troubleshooter; Zachary Crisostomo, Line Electrician II and Edward Leon Guerrero, Line Electrician Supervisor