Workers keep serving public in cold, snow

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

This year, the cold snow is tough on a lot of people, not just the road workers. I am very thankful for the snow removal crews, but there are others who get out in the cold and snow. 

Our loyal employees at Burkardt LP Gas deliver propane to more than 6,000 homes, pull the hoses to those tanks that are sometimes 100 feet from driveways, through 2 feet of snow, and uncover the lids on the underground tanks to fill them. 

We have been delivering up to 75,000 gallons a day, not getting a day off from October on. In the fall, it’s grain-drying season. We also have the mail carriers, the Com-Ed employees walking through snow and cold to read meters and repair lines in all kinds of weather, and don’t forget the farmers who still have livestock that have to be cared for every day, 365 days a year. 

I remember in 1979, Mr. Terveer from Rock Falls. He is 90 years old and cleaning his neighbors’ driveways. What a great person. I know him. He doesn’t call it work; he loves it.

You will see that I don’t use “have to work.” It is a privilege to be able to have a job that pays well. When I was working for another company, I worked 420 hours in 4 weeks and delivered 430,000 gallons of propane. That was before hours-of-service laws. 

We would like to thank all those people for their work and dedication.

Note to readers: Bill Burkardt and his wife own Burkardt LP Gas.

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