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Utility Worker Appreciation Day

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker declared Friday 'Utility Worker Appreciation Day' in Wisconsin to say thanks for crews' work in Superstorm Sandy.

More than 400 Wisconsin utility workers did tours of duty back east to help get the power back on after Sandy knocked it out to millions of people.

"This is a great testament to just the caliber of people we have in the Midwest, the great work ethic, the fact that a lot of these people were out there at least a couple of weeks, sometimes more, many of them working 16-hour days, living in a gym, or in some cases a tent," said Walker.

The governor also thanked the men and women who picked up extra shifts and worked on weekends to ensure reliable service here at home while their colleagues were out east.

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