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A float depicting the proud progression of the lineman tradition took first place in its division in the Helena, Montana, Vigilante Day parade. 

The float boasting three utility poles was built by members of Local 44, Butte, Montana. It drew standing ovations as it traveled the parade route in May. Linemen using authentic hot sticks, insulators, tools and hardware from 1912 contrasted with the tools of the trade used today. Even with high safety standards and modern equipment, the profession is still dangerous, and the float was dedicated to line workers past and present who lost life and limb on the wires, particularly Local 44 lineman Timothy Lindeman, who lost part of his arm last fall.

Linemen Past and Present

August 2001 IBEW Journal