Linemen excel at state rodeo

Throughout the summer, Trico linemen put their skills to the test repairing damage caused by monsoon storms. On October 23, they put those same skills to the test against the best utility linemen from around the state—and came out on top.

Trico sent three journeymen linemen – Darin Cicchini, Jesse Peeler and Nate Stalcup – and apprentice lineman Marcus Castillo to the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association (GCSECA) Linemen’s Rodeo in Benson, and everyone finished in the top three in at least one event.

Darin had the best overall performance among journeyman linemen, finishing first in the Hurt-Man Rescue event and second in two other events. Marcus also won the Hurt-Man Rescue event.

Trico has a long history of doing well at the rodeo. In 2005, Trico’s John Dungan and Jeremy Burnett won the first GCSECA Linemen’s Rodeo.

Darin said doing well at the linemen rodeo shows everyone that Trico linemen know how to do their job and work safe.

“I enjoy going to these rodeos,” Darin said. “It’s a great learning experience.”

Nate said the Hurt-Man Rescue is a good event to practice because it could save a life. The event involves climbing a 40-foot pole to “rescue” a dummy.

“Trico’s safety record is pretty top notch, but we still need to be prepared for the worst,” he said.