“We are such a tight-knit group because of the work we do,” he said. “It requires us to really know each other and take each others’ safety into our own hands. I’ve got a little girl, she’s four and a half, and I remember leaving the house one day for a call-out, and as I was saying goodbye to her, she said, ‘Be safe, Dad.’ So even at a young age, she understands the inherent danger of the work.”
While Alston is a part of Arizona’s and APS’s future, he is also a special part of its history with his own family memory of when APS closed the Childs-Irving plants in 2008.
“The last day Childs was open, my dad and I attended a closing ceremony event,” Alston said. “I remember him tapping me on the shoulder and motioning for me to follow him. He took me to the Childs Plant and walked me through how to shut the plant down for the last time. It was such a special moment for the two of us, just there alone; it was truly the end of an era.”
July 10 is Lineman Appreciation Day, a special day to celebrate those who keep the lights on. For APS, it is another opportunity to thank these individuals for the dedication and excellence they demonstrate every day in their work to power Arizona.
serves about 2.7 million people in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is the Southwest’s foremost producer of clean, safe and reliable electricity. Using a balanced energy mix that is 50 percent carbon-free, APS has one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, and owns and operates the Palo Verde Generating Station, the country’s top power producer and largest producer of carbon-free energy. The company is also a proven leader in introducing technology and services that offer customers choice and control over their energy consumption. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp
. (NYSE: PNW).