MARLOW, OK (KSWO) - Marlow Electric is celebrating its ongoing safety and reliability this week. That's because it was awarded the Don Howland Operations and Safety Award for the third year in a row. The award requires two things, safety and reliability. For third years in a row, plus the first time they won the award back in 2008, Marlow Electric has shown those two things are priority number one.
"We take care of our problems, no matter the size of it is," Marlow City Administrator Jason McPherson said about any power outages they might have.
Marlow Electric has the plaque to prove they take care of the city's power safely and reliably.
"I think they do a great job, I really do," Marlow Electric Superintendent Todd Brady said about his crew.
Brady said his 4 member crew, with some having nearly 20 years on the job to another just finishing up his first year, they are the reason why they get this award year after year.
"It speaks volumes about their work ethic," Brady said. "Each one of these guys that work under me they run a day-to-day operation that they obviously take care of what they need to take care of. And of each other. They always wear their personal protective equipment."
McPherson said this shows the positives of having city-owned power.
"We've made the progress through investment," McPherson said. "We reinvest in this system all the time to make sure that it remains reliable. Then the guy's safety on top of that of keeping the lights on. Means a lot to the citizens."
McPherson said the electric crew are working for more than just the award.
"It's a dangerous job," McPherson said. "When lightning strikes, when winds hit, they are out working in that. To go through that with no injuries is not only impressive, it's just a statement that its' important to them to get home at night, too."
Brady said that's what is important to him, too.
"It's safety, clearly safety," Brady said. "You take high voltages and a lot of obstacles you work through on a day to day basis that it's definitely a mindset."
Marlow Electric already on their way to possibly earning the award again next year because so far they have have no accidents in 2018.