It’s the nature of our business. When hurricane season is upon us, many employees drop everything to take on “storm roles,” some traveling for weeks at a time and leaving family behind.
With 35 years at the company, Cindy Balderson has witnessed a great deal of sacrifice during storms. But traveling for restoration took on a whole new meaning when her daughter, Kelly Balderson, an associate forester in Gloucester, Va., trekked to Florida following Hurricane Irma.
Kelly represents one of many who went to aid in the Sunshine State, leaving spouses, children and pets behind. Read about:
•Chuck Lafoon, who had to leave his 18-month-old daughter;
•Tim Sook, who missed his daughter’s first day of high school; and
•T.J. McMahon, whose wife, Jenny, returned from a harrowing girls’ trip to the Caribbean just hours before he had to leave.
Jenny wasn’t the only one who got stuck in the Caribbean. My boyfriend, Jon, and I were vacationing in the Bahamas when Irma hit. Read about how we were unable to get a flight out, and had to hunker down and brave the storm.
In other news back home, Craig Waters and his family just wrapped up their 10th memorial golf tournament in honor of his son, Alan, who passed away in 2007 after a battle with cancer. The family turned personal tragedy into a way to serve their community by creating scholarships in Alan’s name.
Stacey Metheny also suffered the loss of a child. After her 14-year-old daughter passed away because of cerebral palsy and related difficulties, Stacey decided to enter Dominion Energy’s lineman trainee program. Now a new grandma, she represents one outstanding break from the mold.
And while Stacey is reinventing herself to become a lineman, Donnie Craft reinvented himself as a full-time pastor after retiring from the Power Generation Group after 37 years.