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Safe Communities, Helping Veterans

All over safety


Mary Beth Nance, director of Member Services at Fleming-Mason Energy Cooperative, spent a day answering questions at the Tilton Volunteer Fire Department. She was helping with a safety display during a variety of community events the co-op is involved with throughout the area.

Joni Hazelrigg, the new CEO of Fleming-Mason Energy Co-op, explains, “We appreciate the opportunity to participate in community events such as this. As a cooperative, the safety and overall well-being of our members and the communities we serve are of utmost importance to the board and employees of Fleming-Mason.”

Colorful lessons


A transformer-replica robot called Buzz and his robot dog Sparky helped children learn about electric safety during a coloring contest sponsored by Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative. 

“Our future members are creative, smart, and resourceful, as shown in their artwork,” says Carol Hall Fraley, president and CEO of the Grayson co-op. “Activities like this help make them aware of their cooperative and what we do—and also reminds them that, even though electricity is a good friend, it can also be dangerous.” 

Recovery riders


“We have really close ties to the military here,” says Patsy Whitehead, Communications manager for Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative. “Military members are part of our community and part of our co-op.”

To show their support for wounded warriors, Nolin staff members welcomed cyclists participating in the Ride 2 Recovery and helped them with their luggage. About 150 injured veterans and their supporters participated in the United Healthcare weeklong Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge, a 450-mile rehabilitative bicycle ride from Covington, Kentucky, to Nashville, Tennessee. 

During the United Healthcare Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge, Patsy Whitehead receives a hug from cyclist veteran Kimo Akako, who had recently had a stroke. With one side of his body paralyzed, Akako had to pedal with one leg while the other leg was strapped to the recumbent bike. “He just inspired me beyond belief,” says Whitehead. “I was so impressed with his stamina and drive. I knew that if he can do this, I could do more, too.” 


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