More than just a Utility

Recognizing Heroic Efforts: Electric Department Employees Go Above and Beyond

The City’s electric department is proud to highlight the heroic efforts of three outstanding employees: Superintendent Billy Villanueva, Line Foreman Jr. Salinas, and Journeyman Lineman Alex Rodriguez. These individuals exemplify the core value of community, by going beyond their regular duties to assist others in times of need.

On Thursday, June 13, Billy and Jr. were returning from inspecting recent improvements to the airport’s electric system when they witnessed a semi-truck overturn on US 50 and Raceway Road, east of Garden City. Without hesitation, they rushed to the scene, joining other first responders to assist in removing the trapped truck driver. Their quick thinking and selflessness helped an individual they did not know, and potentially saving his life.

Just two days later, on the evening of Saturday, June 15, Journeyman Lineman Alex Rodriguez was at home when he heard an explosion nearby. Without hesitation, Alex was one of the citizens who rushed to the home where catastrophic damage had occurred. Alex helped an individual escape from the debris, and fire demonstrating immense courage and compassion.

The City of Garden City extends its sincere gratitude to Billy, Jr., and Alex. Their actions embody the spirit of community, as they put others’ safety above their own. We are proud to have such dedicated and caring individuals on our team, said Mike Muirhead, Director of Public Works and Utilities for the City of Garden City.

Remember, it’s not just about providing reliable electricity; it’s about being there for our community when it matters most. Thank you, Billy, Jr., and Alex, for your unwavering commitment to public power, service and compassion.