WHEREAS, the lineman profession has existed for as long as electricity has been a standard part of modern living; and,
WHEREAS, there are approximately 115,000 highly trained and skilled linemen in the United States, servicing 9 million miles of wire; and,
WHEREAS, linemen work under dangerous conditions in order to construct and maintain the energy infrastructure of the United States. They are often the first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, making sure the scene is safe; and,
WHEREAS, it is important for Michigan to recognize and express our appreciation to these dedicated men and women who put their lives at risk to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of power to our communities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 18, 2017 as Lineman Appreciation Day in Michigan.