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BEC linemen compete at international rodeo

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Linemen from Bandera Electric Cooperative recently competed at the International Lineman’s Rodeo in Overland Park, Kansas. Based on traditional lineman tasks and skills, the event raises awareness for the profession of line work and demonstrates the safety, skill and education of electric linemen.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to compete at this level,” said BEC Lineman Third Class Justin Albarado. “All of our knowledge, training and abilities are tested against the world’s best linemen. The rodeo competition is a big deal to those of us in the electrical line worker industry.”

John Hernandez, who works out of the Comfort office, Kenny Alf and Rick Schott competed in the Senior Team Division, Garrett Clark, Austin Allen, who also works in Comfort, and Jaleel Altakrouri competed in the Journeyman Team Division, and Justin Albarado competed in the individual Apprentice Division.

“Both teams fared very well while competing against 248 ‘Best of the Best’ teams from across the United States and Canada,” said BEC Manager of Distribution Operations John Rush. “Our lineman apprentice, Justin Albarado, had an exceptional day where he competed against 321 other top apprentices and placed sixth in the Electric Cooperative Division.”

Since its founding in 1984, the ILR has grown to host more than 200 teams and 300 apprentices to date.