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A helping hand
Quick thinking helps
lineworker save a life

David and Marlana Byrd were called
on to help rescue a man stranded in
Table Rock Lake.

by Paul Newton | pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop

R

eceiving a call in the middle of the night isn't an
unusual occurrence for David Byrne. The avid
outdoorsmen has been a lineworker for Bransonbased White River Valley Electric Cooperative for 14
years. Many times, when the power goes out in the middle
of the night, he does too.
Lineworkers might be the most visible employees at
electric cooperatives, and often their duties fall outside
of their job descriptions. Whether it's helping hang lights
during the holidays or coming to the rescue of someone in
need, lineworkers are often jacks-of-all-trades.
They receive extensive safety training including CPR,

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using automated external defibrillators and overall first
aid. While that training is intended to save the lives of their
fellow workers if the need should ever arise, they don't
forget their training while they're off the clock.
David showcased the skill set that had been ingrained
in him when he rescued a man from Table Rock Lake in
late March.
"Storms were in the forecast that night and as I was
getting ready for bed, I told my wife, Marlana, that I really
didn't feel like working tonight," he says. "Then around
3:30 my phone rings and she just giggles at me, 'Looks like
you're going in.' "
However, it wasn't a co-op dispatcher on the other end
of the call. It was his longtime hunting and fishing buddy

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