Once again this year, NRECA is celebrating lineworkers throughout April by highlighting the men and women who help keep the lights on in homes across America.

The risks of their jobs are well known. Every day, these lineworkers face challenges. Carrying heavy gear, they regularly scale 40-foot poles near high-voltage power lines—often in extreme cold or wind, or after a natural disaster.

But lineworkers do more than just keep the lights on and their communities safe. NRECA asked for member co-ops to share stories of lineworkers who have gone above and beyond—both on the job and in the community. As the gallery above shows, these lineworkers are trusted deeply by the communities they serve. They have rescued pets, helped elderly friends and neighbors who have fallen on hard times, donated bicycles for area youth and have even helped save the lives of coworkers and community members alike.

NRECA salutes the people who best exemplify the cooperative spirit: our lineworkers.