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Posted on November 16, 2012

Home Sweet Home for Second Team of Employees Who Volunteered on East Coast

SACRAMENTO — The second group of PG&E workers who traveled East to restore power post-Hurricane Sandy returned to California today (Nov. 16), officially ending the utility’s effort to help New Yorkers in need.

The chartered plane carrying 100 electric employees touched down in light rain at the Sacramento Jet Center at 1:18 p.m. The group returned exactly two weeks after they left to assist fellow utility Long Island Power Authority.

Greg Kiraly, PG&E’s senior vice president of electric distribution operations, greets an employee returning today from New York. (Photo by Brandi Ehlers.)

Earlier this week, 170 employees returned from New York where they brought power back for Con Edison customers in New York City following the late October storm that devastated the region.

Combined, the PG&E crews restored power to thousands of customers in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and on Long Island.

Incident commander Mike Wear said he was impressed with his team’s adherence to safety.

“Every single day started out with a safety meeting and it made a big difference,” Wear said. “Our employees knew the challenges they would be facing and did everything they could every day to make things even a little better for the customers they were working to restore.”

Like the earlier homecoming this week, several families showed up at the airport to greet their loved ones. With Thanksgiving nearing, the return couldn’t have come at a better time, said Mary Taylor, whose husband Kevin is a lineman based in Antioch.

“Their return is long-overdue, especially with two kids at home,” she said. “I am so glad they made it back before the holidays.”



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