Power lineman’s rodeo raises funds for U of U burn center

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The 24th annual power linesman’s rodeo brings high climbers from several surrounding states who come to show off their skills and raise money for the University of Utah Burn Center. 

Justin Halloran, Rocky Mountain Power lineman and chairman of the Lineman’s Rodeo Committee, said the event is not only an exciting way to showcase the type of skill linemen must develop, like speed climbing and rescue, but also an opportunity to demonstrate new technology and the latest methods to stay safe.

“When you are a lineman, you are highly visible in the community and that draws a lot of interest.” Halloran said. “It is exciting for linemen to bring their family and friends and be able show off the skills that they use from day to day.”

The event, which includes a car show, raffle, food trucks, a golf outing and plenty of kids’ activities, is free to the public. Proceeds from food and merchandise sales and donations will be given to the burn center. 

“The U of U Burn Center is very near and dear to our industry because some of our brothers and sisters have been affected by electrical shock or burns.” said Maake Maumau, IBEW 57 assistant business manager. “They have been saved and healed by the great work they do at the center.”

An awards banquet and auction will be held after the rodeo at Little America. Donations and tickets can be purchased both on the website or at Utah Power Credit Union.

Rocky Mountain Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than a million customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Rocky Mountain Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit rockymountainpower.net.

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