One of the men killed in the hit and run that took place in Chipley was a longtime employee of West Florida Electric Cooperative in Graceville. 60-year-old, James Ussery has worked for the Co-Op since July 6, 1987.
“He was actually recognized at our company Christmas banquet and awards banquet this past year for 30 years of service to the cooperative,” Terry Mullen, manager of marketing & communications, says, “and he also was recognized for perfect attendance, he was always a very prompt person, very dedicated to his job.”
Mullen says that Ussery meant a lot to the company and that he was one of the first ones to speak at the Linemen Appreciation Day.
“He talked about safety, and how important it is to be safe on your job, and encouraged all of his brothers to do the same,” Mullen says, “and he said that means more to him now that he has sons working in the industry then anything is the safety concerns working for a electric utility.”
Mullen also says that Ussery was someone who always had a smile on their face, and he will be greatly missed by everyone at West Florida Electric Cooperative.
“It’s just something we’re trying to struggle through at this time, with having to deal with Hurricane Michael, and now the loss of a family member basically, and the tragedy has been very impactive on all of us,” Mullen says.
Mullen asks that the community keep the companies along with the families of those who are gone in their thoughts during this difficult time.