"It's just what we do as linemen," Cole said. "We help each other out. We help other utilities, and it's kind of rewarding to have people come up and say, 'Thanks for turning my power on.'"
Cole said he has responded to storms and fires around the state and in the West. Without power, he worries about people who are now without heat and light in their homes, fuel from gas stations and access to banks.
As Cole left, his teenage daughter expressed admiration for her father's service.
"She said she was proud of me for going to help these people," Cole said. "They're in need."
Cole's wife, Andrea, said she has the same message for her husband as he leaves each day to work with the high-voltage lines, and Thursday was no exception: Be safe.
"It's pretty scary work for them to head out, but they're all equipped to do the job," she said. "That's what they do."
The Coles will try to stay in touch by cellphone, so long as there is service and a place to charge them. With the linemen's heavy workload, Andrea Cole doesn't expect her husband will have many opportunities to call.
"There are a lot of people out of power, and there is a lot of work back there," she said. "They'll just stay as long as they're needed."
- 2-year-old boy dies from accidental shooting...
- Crowds to flock to Salt Lake City this weekend
- Man admits raping, killing young Ogden girl...
- Salt Lake City Marathon comes with many...
- Tabernacle Choir performs Handel's 'Messiah'...
- Autopsies of 7 infants completed; police...
- Western states to feds: Turn over public lands
- Top 10 spring activities for Utah families
- LDS Church reaffirms stance on immigration 107
- Atheists, Mormon scholars talk religion 89
- At UVU, Elder Oaks sees hope despite... 77
- Utah, Oklahoma same-sex marriage cases... 47
- U., Ute Tribe reach agreement on... 38
- Appeals judges question right to sue in... 27
- Autopsies of 7 infants completed;... 24
- Texas seizes FLDS Church's secluded ranch 23