Employee Spotlight: Dennis Hatch
When the lights go out, so does Dennis Hatch.
Dennis is a lineman supervisor at Prince George Electric Cooperative (PGEC). With over 31 years of experience in the electric utility field, he has seen it all.
Dennis joined the PGEC family in August of 1988 and worked as a tree trimmer until 1999. Just after the millennium, Dennis started apprentice lineman classes at the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperative’s Lineman Program in Culpeper. In 2004, he graduated from the Apprentice Lineman Program as the first black American to graduate from the program, and then began installing underground line as a journeyman lineman.
Just a few short months after graduation, the PGEC crew was called down to Mississippi to help with power restoration after Hurricane Katrina. Dennis recalls spending 21 days restoring power after the Category 5 hurricane. This was an eye-opening experience for Dennis, having never witnessed such devastation. “There were a lot of hurting families who lost everything,” he says. According to Dennis, the experience strengthened his commitment to the mission of the Cooperative. Nowadays, Dennis passes the reins down to the younger guys, giving them the opportunity to experience and learn from mutual aid work.
Dennis says his fellow linemen are always willing to work. In fact, the only time they “fuss” is when they’re arguing over who gets to climb the pole. Dennis explains, “Linework is like writing with a pencil without an eraser. Sometimes you can’t take back that mistake. As a supervisor, it’s my job to make sure these guys go back home in the afternoon.” This is why he and his crew continually focus on teamwork and safe work practices.
Dennis and his wife, Sherri, currently live in Elberon, Virginia. Together, they have two children, Dennis Jr. and Sierra Savedge. Dennis and his son own a landscaping business, Father and Son Landscaping. When Dennis isn’t laying fiber or landscaping, he enjoys spending time with his family and watching baseball and softball games.
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“Linework is like writing with a pencil without an eraser. Sometimes you can’t take back that mistake. As a supervisor, it’s my job to make sure these guys go back home in the afternoon.