Ernie Waltz Jr. devoted 54 years of service to the electrical lineman industry. He retired from Tipmon REMC in Linden, IN in February 2014. During his time as a lineman, he devoted himself to being a mentor and teacher. He shared his knowledge and experience to help improve work procedures during storm restoration work and never stopped embracing the changing and improving safety devices for linemen. At 76, he trained on and embraced the buck squeeze device and continues to inspire others with his leadership. Ernie’s commitment to training new linemen in safety as well as leadership has left a lasting impression at his local coop and around the region.