By Paul Schmitt
A Southern Door resident was one of about 50 workers from Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and We Energies returned from Puerto Rico last Friday after eight weeks of restoring electricity on the island. Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Irma and Maria over six months ago. Chris Fernandez, a lead lineman with WPS in Door County, stayed an extra two weeks to complete the mission of fully restoring electricity to San Juan area.
Fernandez says the Puerto Rico residents held a big pig roast every other week to show their appreciation as well as a universal sign to overcome any language barrier.
Coming away from his once-in-lifetime opportunity, Fernandez says it’s a reminder that people should not take for granted what they have in this country. The restoration project in Puerto Rico was We Energies and WPS’s longest assignment ever outside the continental United States.
(photo contributed by WPS)