What is the Highline Hero Foundation: It is a non-profit Foundation with a goal of reaching out to our Lineworkers, their families and the brotherhood as a whole, nationwide. Our 501c3 status is still in process however we have been established as a non-profit organization since May of 2012. Through this non-profit Foundation, it is my goal to assist any Lineworker family that suffers any type of catastrophic circumstances. It is also my goal to bring Honor, Awareness and Recognition to the trade with a specific focus on Safety.
How and why was the Highline Hero Foundation Established: It was a sincere Honor to be the wife of a Highline Hero, an Honor that changed my life and that of my boys forever. On August 26th, 2002, I unfortunately became a widow of a City of Lakeland Lineman (Marc Moore) killed in the line of duty. At the time of my husband’s tragic accident, my two boys were 16 months old and 4 years old. The years following Marc’s death have been filled with much emotion and grief along with an unfailing passion to not only keep Marc’s memory alive but to also bring Awareness, Honor and Recognition to all Lineworkers across this great nation and to promote the importance of their safety.
I began this journey of Public Awareness and Appreciation at the local level, within the City of Lakeland where Marc worked, lived and gave his life. I am pleased to announce that on August 1st, 2011 my boys and I were invited to attend the City Commission Meeting where Gow Fields, the Mayor of the City presented my sons and me with the Proclamation declaring August 26, 2011 and every August 26th thereafter as Lineman Appreciation Day.
Upon the completion of the local level proclamation, I began my journey toward obtaining this same recognition at the State level. With the help of Barry Moline (Executive Director of FMEA), and the support of State Representative Seth McKeel, the state level proclamation was delivered on March 2, 2012 at an exciting presentation in Tallahassee at the Florida Legislature. My family along with many Lineworkers representing 18 different counties and every utility across Florida assembled at the Florida Capitol Building for an awesome presentation declaring August 26th, 2012….Lineworker Appreciation Day. You can view a brief video related to the State level presentation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PxxX5dAN2E
While I couldn’t be more proud, satisfied and excited to recognize our Lineworkers across Florida each year, it is my ultimate desire to take this accomplishment one step further and reach the same goal at the National level, one State at a time. Currently the State of Nebraska is also recognizing their Line workers on August 26th annually as well.
It is also my desire to see the 114,000 Lineworkers serving each state and each community across our great nation Recognized and Honored as true First Responders, just as our Police Officers and Firefighters. Many times whether it is an automobile accident, structural fire or natural disaster, it is our Lineworkers that must FIRST RESPOND to make the area safe for our other First Responders to safely perform their task.
To Honor and Recognize the people of this trade was very important to me, however at the forefront of my heart and mind was SAFETY…. what could I do to touch the hearts of others and make a difference in the area of Safety.
I currently speak at various safety meetings when requested. I share my story hoping to convey to each audience member the importance of their Safety, the responsibility they have in their own personal Safety as well as the Safety of their Brothers, and the affect it has on their family, friends and co-workers when a tragedy takes place. I am in the process of developing a Safety Pamphlet and a Safety Video as well.
Below is a list of some of the locations I have spoken:
- Bartow Electric – Bartow, Florida
- Gainesville Regional Utilities – Gainesville, Florida
- IBEW Safety Caucus – Held in Orlando, Florida 2012
- City of Lakeland Utilities – Lakeland, Florida
- Fort Pierce Utilities – Fort Pierce, Florida
- Florida Power and Light Safety Conference – West Palm Beach, Florida
- TECO/Tampa Electric Company/Multiple Locations
- Process Energy/Duke Energy/Multiple Locations
- Kansas Line Supervisors Meeting in Wichita, Kansas
- Incident Prevention Safety Conference, Orlando, Florida
- International Lineman’s Rodeo, Kansas City
- OG&E Safety Meeting in Oklahoma City
- Sunflower Electric and Midwest Energy in 4 locations in Kansas
- Matrix, Pennsylvania
- NSUJL Climbing for Lost Linemen Rodeo – Pennsylnvania
This started out as a journey of learning to live again and striving to make sure that my boys never forget their daddy and it has developed into a ministry of Safety. It is a Blessing to me each time I can share my story in hopes of helping others through my tragedy.
Even in darkness as the widow of a Highline Hero, it remains a privilege to be a member of the Line Family and to Recognize and Honor the trade that will forever remain close at heart and the center of my daily prayers!
Thank you again for your interest!
Tracy D. Moore
Founder of Highline Hero Foundation