Hard work, dedication and training are part of the job for a lineman. Nashville Electric Service (NES) crews showcased their skills and abilities this past weekend at the 15th annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in Sacramento, Calif.

Fifty-eight teams and 86 apprentices from electric utilities across the country competed in a series of events that simulate real-life situations. Each event is judged on safety, work practices, neatness, ability, equipment handling and timely event completion.

The NES Donelson team finished the day with a near perfect score of 498 out of 500, and the NES West team earned a score of 494. There were only two perfect scores given among the 58 teams competing.

“Though always performed in the spirit of fun competition and brotherhood, the Lineworker Rodeo is a reminder of the skill and strength it takes our linemen to provide safe and reliable power to Middle Tennessee,” said NES President and CEO Decosta Jenkins.

NES’ Donelson team members are Cody Roberts, Timmy Sanford, Josh Fuller and Adam Harris. The NES West team includes Brad Sanford, Jay Truett, Matt Heathman and Tommy Barksdale.

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