Lineworker Tirelessly Serves His Community
PG&E lineworker Jeff Gomes has made a career out of service to his community.
July 2016

​For 25 years, Orland, California, resident Jeff Gomes has led a double life – not as a spy or other shadowy figure, but as a tireless public servant twice over.

In his day job as a lineworker for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Gomes routinely works at great heights and around high voltages as he builds, maintains and repairs the distribution infrastructure that make up the energy grid. As lineworkers, Gomes and his colleagues also put themselves in harm’s way in order to restore power to customers in the wake of severe storms, wildfires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.

Most people with such a demanding job would pick a nice, quiet way to spend their down time. But not Gomes. When he isn’t high up on a power pole, Gomes volunteers with the Orland City Volunteer Fire Department (VFD). During his more than 15,000 hours of service with the Orland VFD, Gomes has served as both assistant chief and fire chief.

In recognition of his years of selfless service, Gomes was honored with the Jefferson Award for Public Service on June 16 in Washington, D.C. The Jefferson Award is given to both local and national figures to recognize them for the public service that goes above and beyond the norm.

In addition to this national award, PG&E also bestowed its highest honor on Gomes, the Frederick W. Mielke Jr. Award. Given to recognize PG&E employees who show outstanding commitment to the communities they serve, the award was created in honor of PG&E’s chairman and CEO from 1979 to 1986.

There is no question that Jeff Gomes is an extraordinarily driven and generous person. And he is not alone.

Every year, thousands of dedicated lineworkers routinely place themselves at risk and work long hours away from their families in order to help deliver the safe, reliable energy that customers need. So if you see a lineworker like Jeff in your neighborhood, be sure to #ThankALineworker.

An original version of this story was published in PG&E Currents.