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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16


PEC salutes all fathers this Father’s Day and are proud of the contributions made by the group of full-time employed PEC dads pictured below: (bottom row, l-r) Patrick Klingensmith-Operations Data Systems


Analyst, Bella Klingensmith, Kevin Wood-Operating Services Unit Manager, Tori Wood, Taryn Wood, Clay Anderson-Geographic Information Supervisor II, Garrett Anderson, Macey Anderson, Makena Lane, Beau Lane-Director of Purchasing/Warehousing, Nolan Feazle, Ryan Feazle-Director of Technical Services, McKinley Feazle; (top row, l-r) Tybrie Wood, Tawni Wood, Baylee Boatwright, Brent Boatwright-Construction Crew Supervisor, and Bo Boatwright.


Ryan Feazle, PEC’s Director of Technical Services, with son Nolan and daughter McKinley.


Fathers Power Our Community Just as I admire my dad, forty-


by Jennifer Boeck, Editor


Growing up with my dad, who farmed and ran a hay baler for a living, in some ways resembled growing up as a son or daughter of a PEC lineman. 0643603409 I enjoyed being with Dad, and


since he spent so much time in the hayfi eld, that’s where I wanted to be. The fact I was a girl never relieved me of any duties. I yearned to work alongside him and rake hay for him just like my brother Steve. But when dark rain clouds loomed


above and the hay was just right, I didn’t have to wonder why I was being pushed aside and my older, more experienced brother was being instructed to get on the tractor. Dad didn’t have time at that point


to give me lessons. The business at hand was taking care of the hay laying on the ground. People, including every member of our family, were depending on Dad to do his job. Likewise, when your power


goes off , cell phones start ringing as PEC’s dispatcher starts calling. Mamas, grandparents, friends and family take over as PEC’s dedicated linemen switch out of ‘dad’ mode and instantaneously go into lineman mode. 0051200400


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six children in Ada and the surrounding PEC communities look up to their fathers—forty feet up. Fathers at People’s Electric Cooperative leave ballgames, church services, school plays, their child’s fi rst steps, and yes, even Christmas morning to make sure the same moments they are leaving can be shared more comfortably in the lives of the members they serve. Some dads work in the eye of the


storm to fi x what was broken. Others take action behind the scenes in our dispatch center, tracking problems and directing crews to trouble spots. Day by day, children in the PEC


family grow up with men who dedicate their lives to providing safe and reliable electricity. They see the great pride their fathers have in providing excellent customer service. The hours are long, and tasks are dangerous. But the payoff —making life better for all of us—fuels these resilient men. June’s a time to celebrate


fathers. My dad taught me to think about the bigger picture, and to fi nd a job I’m passionate about that helps the community.


Kevin Wood, PEC’s Operating Services Unit Manager, with daughters (clockwise) Tybrie, Tawni, Taryn and Tori.


Brent Boatwright, PEC’s Construction Crew Supervisor, with daughter Baylee and son Bo.


I found my passion, and I believe the men of PEC found theirs. Let’s honor the fathers who keep


our community strong. Join me in wishing them, “Happy Father’s Day.”


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