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Linemen Among Top In Competition

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Front row from left: Victor Hurst, Don Ritchey, Randy Nixon, Phil Phillips, Byron Burke, J.C. Bradshaw and Chris Harper. Top row from left: Josh Monsrud, Justin Cole, Dakota Conner and Michael Johnson. Not pictured: Bobby Fincher, Dustin Johnson, Dylan Davis, Kevin O'Conner, Phillip Connell, Ray Cheek and Keith Higgins.

SSEMC linemen competed with linemen from across the world at the International Lineman's Rodeo in Kansas in October. The team of J.C. Bradshaw, Byron Burke, and Chris Harper, who competed against more than 238 journeyman teams, placed second in the EMC Divisioin and seventh overall in the rodeo. They also placed second in a mystery event.
Dustin Johnson, Josh Monsrud, Dylan Davis, Kevin O'Conner, Phillip Connell, Justin Cole and Dakota Conner competed in the Apprentice Division. Johnson finished ninth in the EMC Division and Davis had the second fastest in the EMC Division out of 308 apprentices who competed in the rodeo.
"It's good to see this many young apprentices competing in the rodeo. The competition really teaches them how to work safely under pressure, and to think on the fly," said Don Ritchey, SSEMC's Manager of Operations.
Ritchey competed alongside Victor Hurst and Brett Hurst in the Senior Division and placed fifth overall.
Ray Cheek, Phil Phillips, Keith Higgins, and Michael Johnson served as judges while Bobby Fincher and Randy Nixon were team coaches.
The International Lineman's Rodeo gives linemen an opportunity to showcase the skills that are necessary and essential to restore power in the electric utility business.