Potomac Edison Salutes “The Legend”
May 5, 2020
Employees at Potomac Edison’s Frederick and Mount Airy service centers in Maryland carried out a touching tribute to one of their own – Line Troubleshooter Larry Close. Affectionally known as “The Legend,” Larry officially retired on May 1 after more than 42 years of service with the company.
To honor his service and life during this time of social distancing, a caravan of line trucks drove past Larry’s home. His former coworkers honked in celebration and respect as the Greensburg Distribution Control Center (DCC) halted all switching, dispatching and line work for a few minutes to recognize him.
A devoted father and husband, Larry was considered a “lineman’s lineman” by his coworkers. His positive attitude and strong work ethic were evident throughout his career. Even during recent health struggles, Larry showed up to each job with great focus and confidence.
“I’ve known Larry since high school,” said Darrell Davis, collector, Mount Airy. “He never seemed to have a bad day in his life at work. There was always a smile on his face and he routinely offered instructive, encouraging words for people. You could always count on him.”
Phil Summers, lead lineman, Frederick, started working with Larry in 1987. “He’s one of the most calm, confident and consistent people I’ve known. No matter the job, he never overreacted, and he was never intimidated.”
“He had an outstanding work ethic and always a positive attitude. Larry never complained about anything. He’s very well respected among his peers and supervisors. Just a top-notch person,” added Wayne Rummel, general manager, Operations Services.
An Emotional Sign-Off
During his years of service, Larry told many of his younger fellow linemen at the end of their workday to “go home to your family, I got this.” Now, his former colleagues and friends remind Larry that it’s his turn. As part of the caravan tribute, the following message was broadcast over the radio.
“May God bless you, your wife and your family. Greensburg DCC signing off for Larry Close for the final time. Thank you. The Legend. We will miss you.”