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Pole Top Rescue Championship to Test Lifesaving Skills of Electric Line Workers

Raleigh, N.C. (October 7, 2010)—North Carolina’s top electric cooperative line workers will assemble in Raleigh on the morning of Wednesday, October 13 to determine the 2010 Pole Top Rescue Champion. The competition tests lifesaving skills in which all electric cooperative line workers must achieve proficiency.   

The event will be hosted on the lawn of the Raleigh headquarters building for North Carolina’s electric cooperatives. This building is located at the intersection of Capital and Sumner Boulevards. The competition begins at 9 a.m. with 25 local cooperative champions competing to secure one of the top spots.

At the Pole Top Rescue competition, a line worker must perform in a scenario which finds a fellow worker unconscious atop a utility pole. The competitor, dressed in full climbing gear, must radio for help, scale 20-feet up a utility pole, rig a rope, lower a 105-pound mannequin and begin CPR. Previous winners have completed the competition in less than two minutes. There will be two competition categories this year, each receiving prizes for first, second and third place.

The scenario used at the pole top rescue competition is the same scenario all of North Carolina electric cooperative line workers must perform in less than five minutes in order to maintain their certification to work on co-op lines. 

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives provide energy to 2.5 million people in 93 of 100 counties, primarily in the rural parts of state. The electric cooperatives own and maintain 95,000 miles of power lines, by far the most of any electric utility in North Carolina.

The list below will provide you with the names of participants, the electric cooperative the participant works for and the counties served by that co-op. The list reflects the order of competition, which begins at 9 a.m.


Electric Cooperative

Counties Served

Freddy White

Four County EMC

Duplin, Sampson, Bladen, Pender, Columbus, Onslow

Steve Lewis

Edgecombe-Martin County EMC

Nash, Edgecombe, Martin, Pitt, Beaufort, Bertie, Halifax, Wilson

Matthew Byrum

Albemarle EMC

Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck

Danny Lee

Randolph EMC

Randolph, Alamance, Chatham, Montgomery, Moore

Cory Lawrence

Wake EMC

Granville, Vance, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Nash, Franklin

Timmy Williams

South River EMC

Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Bladen, Johnston

Jonathan Vernesoni

Cape Hatteras EC


David Raynor

Jones-Onslow EMC

Lenoir, Jones, Onslow, Duplin, Pender, Craven

Kenny Simmons

Pee Dee EMC

Anson, Richmond, Montgomery, Scotland, Moore, Stanly, Union

Leonard Person

Tri-County EMC

Wayne, Duplin, Lenoir, Johnston, Jones, Sampson, Wilson

Jeff Furr

Union Power

Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly

Mike Jones

Lumbee River EMC

Hoke, Cumberland, Robeson, Scotland

Charles Bryant

Roanoke EC

Hertford, Bertie, Gates, Northampton, Halifax, Chowan, Perquimans

Scott Murray

Rutherford EMC

Rutherford, McDowell, Polk, Cleveland, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Mitchell

Justin Collins

Surry-Yadkin EMC

Wilkes, Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Forsyth

James Price

Brunswick EMC

Columbus, Brunswick Bladen, Robeson

Brad Cox

Tideland EMC

Beaufort, Craven, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico, Washington

Ken Thomas

Central EMC

Chatham, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Randolph

Jonathan Long

Carteret-Craven EC

Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow

Ben Hurley

Blue Ridge EMC

Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Watauga, Caldwell, Alexander, Avery

Jason Worley

French Broad EMC

Madison, Buncombe, Yancey, Mitchell

Steve Height

Halifax EMC

Warren, Halifax, Martin, Nash

Brent Talley

Piedmont EMC

Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person

Lee Lackey


Alexander, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Yadkin, Wilkes

Brian Noland

Haywood EMC

Haywood, Buncombe, Transylvania, Jackson, Madison, Macon




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