“It was a picture perfect Pennsylvania fall day,” remembers Richard Bauer, general manager of Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative. The co-op’s service territory includes a reclaimed strip mine in the rural community of Shanksville, Pa.
For Jack Reasor, president of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, it was going to be another morning of fairly routine financial meetings in New York.
Both men recently talked to ECT.coop, recalling their experiences on Sept. 11, 2001.
NO EVERYDAY OUTAGE
“We got a call about an outage near Indian Lake around 10:15 a.m., so we contacted a crew we already had in the field,” said Bauer.
“For the first time ever, 911 interrupted our transmission, and told us an airliner was down and may be related to our outage.”