Dubois REC Lineworker Empowers A Global Community For A Better Tomorrow

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Jasper (Local Sources) – Dubois Rural Electric lineworker Tyler Asbell (center of right picture) joined a crew of 15 other Indiana electric cooperative linemen on a trip to a developing area of Guatemala last month as part of an international initiative to bring electricity to the region.

“Project Indiana: Empowering Global Communities for a Better Tomorrow” electrified a part of the Central American country where none was available.

The crew spent the second half of March electrifying the village of El Zapotillo in Huehuetenango (see photo below left).

The team electrified 60 homes, a school, a church and a clinic with 4 miles of primary line, 27 miles of secondary line, 36 anchors and 6 transformers – all by hand and without the aid of modern conveniences, such as bucket trucks.

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Asbell joined Dubois REC in 2015 as an Apprentice Lineman. He is currently working towards his Journeyman Lineman accreditation.

“This has been the most amazing, humbling, challenging experience of my life. I have learned so much, and made so many great friends and memories. The people of the Guatemalan village were so inspiring,” commented Asbell.

This was the Indiana electric cooperatives’ third trip to Guatemala.

In August 2012, 28 Hoosier lineworkers from 17 of Indiana’s electric cooperatives, spent four weeks working across the mountainous terrain to construct more than 20 miles of power lines and bring electricity to three villages.

In April 2015, 14 lineworkers battled extreme heat and the rugged land to string 11 miles of wire to connect 76 poles across 2,500 feet of mountains.

PROJECT INDIANA CREW

The crew of 16 Indiana electric cooperative linemen, supported by Indiana Electric Cooperatives employees Gayvin Strantz, Terry Adkins and Scott Willett were in Guatemala March 12-26.

Scott Adkins WIN Energy REMC
Tyler Asbell Dubois REC, Inc.
Jamie Bell NineStar Connect
Michael Bowman Boone REMC
Jesse Fisher South Central Indiana REMC
Jerry Garcia Noble REMC
Jason Gates Tipmont REMC
Travis Goffinet Southern Indiana Power
David Guthrie Jackson County REMC
Isaac Harp Kosciusko REMC
Josh Maggart Miami-Cass REMC
Duane Monroe Jay County REMC
Derrick Mullins Whitewater Valley REMC
Kevin Porter Clark County REMC
Mike Wagner Southeastern Indiana REMC
Robert White Orange County REMC

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