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Roanoke Electric Co-op linemen receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

AHOSKIE – Jamie Elliott and Russ Flythe, along with 12 other linemen from North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

On Aug. 11, Weyling White, mayor of Ahoskie, presented this national recognition to the two linemen during the co-op’s employees’ meeting.

“It was an honor to present such a prestigious award to these outstanding volunteers for their commitment to service, and for their achievement in bringing the benefits of electricity to a community that will forever be positively impacted,” White said. “Their efforts are a true demonstration of the cooperative purpose, and they represent the power of what can happen when we all work together for the common good.”

Russ Flythe (second from left) and Jamie Elliott (second from right), both of Roanoke Electric Cooperative, were among electric linemen from across the nation to earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award. They are pictured with REC officials Curtis Wynn (left) and Jimmy Liverman (right). Contributed Photo

The volunteers earned the award for their achievement and dedication in building infrastructure that brought first-time electricity to a rural village in Bolivia through the 2019 Brighter World Initiative.

The award recognizes the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. It honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities and inspires other around them to take action, too.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award began in 2003 and has continued under each administration, honoring volunteers for using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our communities.

Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service and managed in partnership with Points of Light, this program recognizes the most exceptional volunteers in the United States.

Brighter World Initiative volunteers are receiving the Bronze Volunteer Service Award for dedicating more than 100 hours of volunteer service to strengthen our nation and communities.

“To say that we are proud of our linemen is an understatement,” said Curtis Wynn, the co-op’s president and CEO. “Whether it’s at home or abroad, it’s an honor to see them demonstrate the core principles of what our co-op is truly about.”

Roanoke Electric Cooperative provides service to 14,500 members in Bertie, Hertford, Halifax, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan counties. Chartered in 1938 to provide light and power to farms, the co-op today serves as an engine of economic development and provides educational, recreational and community assistance services to enhance the quality of life of its member-owners throughout the diverse communities it serves. Roanoke Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.