Duke Energy apprentice wins best in the world at International Lineman's Rodeo
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 23, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK)
apprentice Joe Hyrkas proved he is best in the world at the International
Lineman's Rodeo Oct. 19 in Bonner Springs, Kan.
Hyrkas, based in Huntington, Ind., also won first place in the apprentice
written test and top apprentice in the investor-owned utility division.
"This is by far my greatest personal achievement," says Hyrkas, fourth year
line apprentice at Duke Energy, who was also named second in the world in 2011
"The best part of my job is throwing on my boots and traveling outdoors from
site to site each day to serve Duke Energy customers," he added. "Being
rewarded for a job I enjoy in my last year competing as an apprentice makes
these awards even more special."
Eight Duke Energy apprentices finished in the top 25 out of 219 competitors.
An apprentice competing at the rodeo is a line worker with less than four
years of utility experience.
Duke Energy's team also took home four awards in the journeyman team and
senior-journeyman team divisions.
A journeyman team from Duke Energy Carolinas East finished third in the world
in the overall journeyman category, second overall in the investor-owned
utility division, and fourth in journeyman mystery event two. Journeyman
mystery event two, revealed the day before the competition, tested teams on a
The team was comprised of Joshua Greguire of Rolesville, N.C., Jeramy Wilson
of Youngsville, N.C. and Mark Perkinson of Warrenton, N.C.
A Duke Energy team from Carolinas West won third place in the senior
journeyman-team division. Team members were David Phillips of Huntersville,
N.C., Mike Haynes of Marion, N.C. and Neal Walker of Shelby, N.C.
Four Duke Energy journeyman teams finished in the top 25 out of 210 teams. Six
Duke Energy teams finished with perfect scores. A rodeo journeyman has greater
than four years of utility experience and a senior-journeyman team's members
must be over 45 years old.
"Our line workers are the heart of our organization," said Keith Trent,
executive vice president and chief operations officer for Duke Energy's
regulated utility operations. "They are the courageous individuals on the
frontline keeping the lights on in the communities we serve.
"I'm proud of the Duke Energy team for bringing home seven awards at this
competition honoring our line technicians, and for the dedication to their
profession each and every day," Trent added.
Sixty Duke Energy line workers competed at the 30^th annual International
Lineman's Rodeo, being tested on job related-skills such as hurt-man rescues,
equipment repair and pole climbs. They were judged on speed, agility,
technique and safety procedures.
Line workers from Duke Energy's six-state service area, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, participated in all divisions.
Final results are available, here:
Photos can be accessed on Flickr at:
Duke Energy linemen not only serve their communities, but often travel to
other states in Duke Energy's service area and areas served by other utilities
to restore power after severe weather.
Duke Energy employs more than 5,000 line workers serving seven million
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded
on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about
the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.
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