The International Lineman's Rodeo was held in Bonner Springs this weekend and two lineman from Victory Electric competed in the apprentice division.

Marlon Hernandez and Felix Strauss, are the first from Victory Electric to compete on the annual rodeo.

Hernandez and Strauss have 4 years of utility experience and competed in events pole climb, hurtman rescue, a written test and best of the best.

"As linemen, our job is to ‘keep the lights on’," said Strauss in a press release. "This is a great opportunity for us personally, but the competition is also a great opportunity for our families and the public to see what linemen face on a daily basis.

"Not every day do you get a chance to compete with the best of the best, so why not take advantage of it?"

A native of Dodge City, Hernandez lives by his personal motto ¡Ponte Las Pilas!

"The literal translation is ‘put your batteries on,’" said Hernandez, "which you would say to keep yourself or someone else from being lazy, slow, tired or not focused.

"I always want do my best, and this competition motivates me to keep going and be the best."

According to Victory Electric CEO Shane Laws, "Linemen provide a critical service to our communities and we are proud of the highly trained workforce at Victory Electric.

"We have some of the best linemen and the International Lineman’s Rodeo allows them the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and showcase their pride of the lineman’s trade."

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