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Katrina Heroes: Co-op Linemen

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: August 31st, 2015

Dan Wooten of Dixie Electric Power Association winced slightly as he hoisted a survivor from Hurricane Katrina over his left shoulder. His reluctance was understandable—the displaced resident was a 12-foot-long python that belonged to a co-op member Wooten had helped after the storm struck. It was one of many "grin and bear it" moments for co-op linemen... Read more

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Katrina Heroes: Co-op Linemen

Published: August 31st, 2015

Dan Wooten of Dixie Electric Power Association winced slightly as he hoisted a survivor from Hurricane Katrina over his left shoulder. His reluctance was understandable—the displaced resident was a 12-foot-long python that belonged to a co-op member Wooten had helped after the storm struck. It was one of many "grin and bear it" moments for co-op linemen... Read more

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