Two teams of journeymen linemen from IBEW 1245 travelled to Portland last weekend to compete in the Pacific Northwest Lineman Rodeo, hosted by Portland General Electric. The annual event was stacked with stiff competition, but both of the teams from Local 1245 proudly returned with awards in hand.
The IBEW 1245 team from PG&E — Adam Beene, Anthony Albright and JD Richards — came in first in the Speed Climb event, and the Local 1245 team from Turlock Irrigation District — Dustin Kreiger, Bill Stavrianoudakis and Josh Klikna— nabbed first place in the Hurt Man Rescue. Once all the scores were tabulated at the end of the day, the Local 1245 team from PG&E came in 5th place overall, and the TID team came in 11th overall.
The Northwest Lineman Rodeo is more than just a fierce competition; it’s also a charity event. All the proceeds go to support the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center, which provides critical care to burn victims in the region, including journeyman linemen who get injured on the job.
Learn more and view the result of the rodeo results at //www.nwlinemanrodeo.com/index.htm.