Singing River Electric linemen bring power to Guatemala for the holidays

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – Singing River Electric employees are spreading their kindness overseas this holiday season. A crew of ten linemen traveled to Guatemala recently to provide electricity to the less fortunate townspeople. The company is calling on more businesses to lend a helping hand to countries starving for help.

Linemen Sam Burkett, Jerry Furby, and Jason Fallon were on the most recent trip to Guatemala and were shocked at what they saw.

"It is like stepping back in time," Fallon said about the country.

"You go to there and it's one room, homes with tin roof, dirt floors and no water, no electricity," Jerry Furby said.

So for two weeks, these men worked day and night to bring power to the Guatemalan towns.

"I am still sore," Sam Burkett said.

Despite a few aches and pains, the crew helped build sturdy power lines, wired houses, and increased the quality of electrical service in the villages.

"To get lights on for people who never had it is something special," Furby said about the overseas light project.

The Mississippi crew said what's even more rewarding about this trip is they were able to light up these families homes just in time for the holidays.

"I think it's a Thanksgiving, Christmas present. Most of all, I think it is just a blessing," Burkett said.

These Singing River Electric workers hope more companies that can help families overseas will do so, because any little aid can make a huge impact.

"If we can continue to grow, not only in places like Guatemala, but it different places," Fallon said.  "There are a lot third world countries that do not have stuff like this. That would be good to share some of the knowledge and stuff with these people."

Singing River Electric teamed up with East Mississippi Electric to help the Guatemalan towns. The companies said $80,000 worth of equipment and two line trucks were also donated for the trip.

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