J.P. Gavle’s help

J.P. Gavle, journeyman lineman for Detroit Lakes Public Utilities, works Friday to tighten a replacement cable for a downed power line following Thursday’s tornado in Wadena, Minn. His supervisor called him the night of the tornado and they loaded their supplies to spend the day in Wadena providing mutual aid. "It’s a little different", Gavle says. "You work longer. It’s always nice to help somebody out. It’s always nice to see the lights come on. It makes people happy." Helping out is part of his other job too. As a member of the Minnesota National Guard where he has had a nine-month deployment to Bosnia and a 22-month deployment to Iraq. The lines he is working on here will carry 7,200 volts of electricity along the city’s western edge to the water plant that was running on emergency generators at the time. This work was part of the long effort to help Wadena get back to normal. His job in repairing the infrastructure is like many others. "A lot of people don’t think about it until their power’s out."
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor