Herbie was nominated by his friend, Amy Di Leo, who said, “Commitment. That’s the word I think of when I think about my colleague, Herbie Plummer. Herbie is an emergency services specialist at PSEG Long Island and his commitment to his job is evident. He’s part superhero and part detective. His job requires physical strength and stamina, and also intellectual muscle – imagine hanging on a utility pole or being lifted in a bucket 60′ in the air while working on high voltage electricity. Investigative skills are also necessary to locate and repair the source of an outage that could be on the closest pole or two miles away. Herbie describes his job simply: I get the power on. However, his job is anything but simple. If it’s raining, snowing, an ice storm, wind storm or the hottest day of the year, Herbie is on the job – to get the power on. When he rolls up to a job – whether it’s for lights flickering at one home, a felled wired or downed utility pole causing a multiple home outage, a blazing house fire or destructive motor vehicle accident, Herbie’s mantra is always the same: “I’m not leaving ‘til the lights come on – and I’ll do it as quickly as I can.” Shift work is demanding. Your days off always change and the time of day you work changes too. Though Herbie has missed countless weekends with his wife and kids and has missed more than a few family gatherings, Herbie is grateful that when his kids were younger he was able to help coach their basketball and soccer teams through the Moriches Youth Organization where he lives. I’m sure it helps knowing that when he’s away from his loved ones, he is making a difference in the lives of the people in his community.
National Lineworker Appreciation Day is Tuesday, April 18 – the perfect opportunity to thank Herbie, and the first responders at PSEG Long Island who ensure we all have safe and reliable electricity no matter the weather outside.
Herbie, thanks for all you do for the community. As a way of saying thanks, you will receive a $100 gift card for Moe’s Southwest Grill.
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