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PEC Participates in Community Safety Event

Pioneer Electric Cooperative (PEC) joined Alabama Operation Lifesaver in educating members of the community about the safety hazards associated with power lines and railroad crossings this past Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at The Old Depot Museum.  

In the midst of much excitement associated with the filming of “Selma” last week, families came out to enjoy fun, friends and food as well as to learn some important safety information right outside one of the filming locations at The Old Depot Museum. Sponsors for the safety event included Norfolk Southern Railroad, M&B Railroad, Rail Link Incorporated, Scott Communications and The Old Depot Museum. 

PEC’s Manager of Engineering and Operations Phillip Baker and Operations Manager Tom Powell presented a safety demonstration informing children and adults about the possible hazards associated with electricity and power lines. The children were also taught about energy efficiency and given information about getting involved with the cooperative.

Alabama Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit public safety program dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and along railroad rights-of-way, also attended the safety day. State Coordinator Nancy Hudson gave attendees insight into the dangers associated with railroad related accidents.

“This is one of the ways that Pioneer gives back to the community,” said PEC Communications Specialist Casey Rogers. “The information presented in both safety demonstrations is incredibly simple, but in a critical situation, these very safety tips can save lives.” Maria Stevenson-Dale, Rail Link Inc. Operations Manager and wife of PEC District 6 Trustee Melvin Dale also played an important role in the success of the safety event.

If you are interested in learning more about this educational opportunity offered by PEC or to schedule a safety demonstration in your area, please contact Casey Rogers at (334) 382-4904 or by email at

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