GRACEVILLE – Shane Rustin, a journeyman line worker in the Graceville district was named 2016 West Florida Electric Cooperative’s Employee of the Year by his peers in December 2016. Rustin was chosen to receive this award by his co-workers because he best exemplifies the following traits: personality, punctuality, safety habits, team work, flexibility and outstanding performance on the job.
As a journeyman lineworker, Rustin works on a construction crew that maintains the cooperative’s distribution system. His duties include building new electric services, performing maintenance, repair and restoration on the cooperative’s power lines, often after hours, troubleshooting and working on energized power lines, when needed.
Rustin started his career at WFEC in 1987 in the warehouse, washing trucks and performing other duties while he was still in high school. He was hired as a utility worker in the warehouse in 1989. He and his wife, Marie have been married since 2012 and have seven children together: Cody Rustin, 20; Kasey Rustin Spence, 27; Austin Peters, 18; Ann Marie Peters, 17; Abbie Peters, 14; Kaden Spence, 6 and Kyle Spence, 3. In his limited spare time, Rustin likes to hunt, fish, spend time camping and on the water.
“It was a great honor to be selected as Employee of the Year by my co-workers,” said Rustin.
Will Melton, a line crew leader, from the Sneads district, Tony Howard, journeyman line worker, from the Bonifay district and Martha Benton, Supervisor, Purchasing, from the Graceville district were each honored with Outstanding Service Awards. These employees were chosen to receive these awards because they best exemplify the following traits: personality, punctuality, safety habits, team work, flexibility and performance on the job. Dalton Pettis, a contract worker on the right-of-way crew was also recognized as the WFEC Contract Employee of the Year.