When the lights go out, lineworkers do tooJuly 10, 2020
Brock Galauner, ComEd overhead electrician and aerial specialist, is one of the many lineworkers who work, often during challenging conditions, weekends and holidays, to keep the power flowing for customers.
In recognition of National Lineworker Appreciation Day, ComEd honors the men and women who work tirelessly to power communities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unlike a typical lineworker, Galauner performs line maintenance and grid inspection from a helicopter.
And although his workday is spent in the sky, COVID-19 still has impacted the way he performs his job.
Brock and his team of three wear special PPE which includes fitted masks for their flight helmet and UV lights to sanitize the helicopter.
“As you can imagine, helicopters are pretty tight,” Brock said. “We have unique needs in our group, and ComEd was really responsive in getting us the proper PPE to perform our job.”
Brock’s team is small but mighty and have supported each other in more ways than one.
“The helicopter group is a small team, but I trust them with my life,” he said. “We lean and keep each other going.”
His team works toward one common goal, to safely keep the powering flowing for customers and communities.
“We all need electricity to power hospitals, elderly communities and those at home, especially with the heat and pandemic occurring,” Brock said. “It’s satisfying to know I am doing something to help.”
Today, and every day, ComEd thanks lineworkers across the nation for their dedication, focus and hard work.