Thursday, December 17, 2009

Speaking of crime fighters...

A group of linemen working out of MLGW's Brunswick Service Center are now being called the “Brunswick Apprehension Team,” or BAT for short. They make an invincible protection force as they proved in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 30.

The BAT crew was returning to their home base at Brunswick Service Center from a service call when one of the crew noticed a pair of bolt cutters on the ground near the fence that surrounds the BSC. Naturally protective of their customers as well as the tools and equipment with which to do their jobs, the out-of-place bolt cutters raised a red flag of suspicion in front of the crew. Then the crew spotted two men who were obviously up to no good. The linemen gave chase to the intruders and cornered two would-be thieves until investigators arrived.

“Linemen are always concerned with safety and watching out for one another,” said the General Supervisor in Electric Distribution—Brunswick. “A line crew is the ultimate team. Any tool not in its proper place is a warning. When the crew realized what was going on, they sprang into action as a team.”

Because of the quick action of BAT, MLGW suffered only a $329 loss in damaged fence wire. The subjects responsible for the attempted theft would have gotten away with more than $4,600 in copper wire and $1,200 in tools. These men saved the Division—and its customers—$5,800 worth of equipment in just a few minutes time. They got involved, and they made a difference.

And the identity of the leader of BAT? The true Batman? Members of BAT won’t say, only that the crew works together as a team under the leadership of the crew leader. So the only logical conclusion is this: Just as Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney have all played Batman in the movies, the role of Batman in real life has been played well by several men. They will be honored as MLGW Heroes at the Dec. 17 meeting of the MLGW Board of Commissioners.

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