Providing financial support to electric utility linemen injured on the job
“I never expected anything to happen to me that day. I am so thankful for the support of the Fallen Linemen Foundation.”
To provide financial support to electric utility linemen injured on the job, scholarships, and assistance for related organizations and institutions.
We do it for the people who climb the poles. Our story is really about them.
J Lewis: Where the Foundation Began
“I’m an electric support supervisor with the Town of Tarboro Electric Utilities. I started with the town as a lineman in 1997. In 2004, a normal day at work didn’t end so normal. I was electrocuted and received first degree to complete burns over 15% of my body.
At the time of my accident, a neighboring town electric employee was experiencing a similar situation. I was in the UNC Jaycee Burn Unit for a month and two weeks. During this time, it was a hard-financial strain on my family.
Soon after my accident, Kevin Dyson and Barry Jones felt there was a strong need to support fellow linemen that have experienced similar incidents that I had been through. Like any new venture begins, it starts with little to no funds; but they began the Fallen Linemen Foundation with the intent to help those fellow linemen who needed it the most.
The linemen industry is a brotherhood that pulls together and supports one another in times of need. They raised money to offer financial assistance for linemen going through similar situations, and they didn’t forget me. I received a call from Kevin right before the Christmas holiday stating they were issuing me a check and hoped it would help my family. That Christmas, my family and I were blessed in many ways.
As time went on, the Fallen Linemen Foundation grew and expanded its ability to help. In 2016, my oldest daughter received a scholarship to attend East Carolina University. I know this is a great foundation that everyone should support. You never know one day if it could be you on the receiving end. I never expected anything to happen to me that day, but I am so thankful for the support of the Fallen Linemen Foundation.”
Rich Worsinger: Bringing A Community Together
“In 2004, I was the director of a utility in eastern North Carolina when one of our linemen was severely injured while performing routine line work. It was a devastating blow to our team and one I never want to experience again. Kevin and Barry came to see me and offered to host a golf tournament to help this lineman and his family. To show my investment in their efforts, I provided a member of my staff to help. The support for this lineman was overwhelming!
Not only is the foundation working to support injured linemen and their families, they are building a camaraderie within the electric industry that surpasses the competition among municipal utilities, investor-owned utilities and electric cooperatives. Those lines disappear when it comes to supporting the Foundation, and I attribute this to the common goal of safety and the integrity of the Foundation and its volunteers.”
In addition to the letters “FL” honoring all our fallen linemen, embedded in the diamond shape is a never-ending white line – symbolizing the Foundation’s unwavering support. The diamond is representative of all the donors who have made this possible; the color is in recognition of the Foundations financial support of the care facilities for their work with fallen linemen and all burn victims.