This past week over 130,000 residents of Mesa, Apache Junction and other East Valley cities were affected by the SRP transformer fire. Many of us went without electricity for our phones, microwave ovens, fans and air conditioners for hours and hours. When the electricity came back on I could hear my neighbors cheering and clapping just like me.
Well the electricity did not "come on" by itself. SRP utilitity workers had to go out in triple-digit tempuratures for hours and hours to bring the electricity back on. Most of us just suffered the heat in the shade or a darkened room but these SRP utility workers were out there in the hot sun.
We see them all the time in all kinds of weather here in the Valley, working on the freeways, the roads, the sewers, the water mains and the electrical poles... these unsung heroes. 24/7 they are out there making sure that we have our water, our sewer, our gas and our electricity. Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July... they are out there for us.
After this 4th of July while were enjoyed our nation's birthday, let's take a minute to thank both our military heroes and our utility/public service heroes too. What would we do without our firemen, our law enforcement, our public service and utility company workers? And a big thank you to the United States Postal Service heroes too. We can't forget these great people.
Leon Ceniceros, Mesa