North Myrtle Beach City Council Recognizes 26 Santee Cooper Employees For Their Voluntary Service to the People of St. Croix

During their March 5 meeting, the North Myrtle Beach City Council recognized 26 Santee Cooper employees from North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Myrtle Beach and Garden City, who voluntarily traveled to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands with their trucks and other equipment to help restore power lost through the impact of two Category 5 hurricanes.

When they arrived in St. Croix only 18% of the residents had power. While there, the employees worked 12 to 14 hours per day, 7 days a week. When they left St. Croix about 95% of the residents had power.

The employees divided into two groups. The first group departed to St. Croix on November 20, 2017 and returned home December 21. The second group departed on December 20and returned home onJanuary 21. Each group missed spending the holidays with their families and friends but they were willing to make that sacrifice to help the people of St. Croix.

The Santee Cooper employees were Timmy Long, Joe Sawyer, Andol Johnson, Reggie Graves, Larry Hall, Brooks Cribb, Jamie Anderson, Hunter Melton, Blake Ward, Matt Martin, Chase Prince, David Causey, Jerry Holt, Kyle Powell, Logan Sauls, Garrett Gasque, Judson Ward, Donnie Metzger, Chris Osha, Austin Luken, Reggie Davis, Lexie Creel, Chase Woodle, Austin Griswold, James Milton, and Dennis Dutcher.

Mayor Marilyn Hatley also thanked Santee Cooper employees for their dedication to restoring power to North Myrtle Beach as quickly as possible following hurricanes and other storm events.

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