As a lunch lady for the Nassau County School Board, Shelly Mistler Harrison has seen it all. However, when she spied a lone man sitting in her cafeteria, she wasn’t sure what to make of it. After discovering why the seemingly out of place man was sitting all by himself at a table made for children, she posted a video to social media, showing what he did next.
As millions of citizens were left without power in the wake of Hurricane Irma, linemen from across the country flocked to Florida to spend day and night restoring electrical lines which had been compromised in the devastating tropical storm. These brave men and women are often the unsung heroes in the midst of a natural disaster the likes of Hurricane Irma, as our attentions are focused on first responders like firefighters and members of the National Guard.
However, the work of linemen is vital during a storm. These are the selfless individuals who restore power not only to homes where people desperately need it but to facilities like hospitals and police offices. In Florida in particular, Hurricane Irma was directly followed by sweltering temperatures. With millions lacking air conditioning, linemen worked day and night to restore power as quickly as humanly possible.
Conditions could not have been more brutal for these men and women, who worked for hours on end when they were tired, hungry, and dirty. It is a thankless job, to be sure. The work of a lineman also requires men and women to spend long periods of time away from their families. That was the case for Travis Altman, who was seen sitting by himself at a cafeteria after several long weeks away.
“Yesterday at work we noticed a Daddy sitting, waiting on his daughter with lunch and Roses,” Harrison wrote on Facebook. “He is a lineman who has been working out of town for weeks, and was surprising his daughter who has been missing her Daddy! I asked him if I could share and he said yes! Such a sweet moment! Our eyes were leaking.” Ms. Harrison identified the lineman as Travis Altman and posted an emotional video of his reunion with his daughter.
"Yesterday at work we noticed a Daddy sitting, waiting on his daughter with lunch and Roses. He is a lineman who has been working out of town for weeks, and was surprising his daughter who has been missing her Daddy! I asked him if I could share and he said yes! Such a sweet moment! Our eyes were leaking. His name is Travis Altman, if anyone is friends with him or his family please tag or share with them!" ❤️#LoveWhatMattersCredit: Shelly Mistler Harrison
Posted by Love What Matters on Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Naturally, social media users were moved by the touching moment between Altman and his little girl. “As a 59 year old woman, to this very day, I too can remember being that little girl running into my Daddy’s arms after he came back from working a storm job or wherever a lineman was needed,” commented Facebook user Connita Bursey.
“Linemen/women are some of the most under appreciated workers in our country,” echoed Melissa Richter Blume. “They can be gone for weeks during a natural disaster. So much respect for these folks who get our power going when we need it!”
In a world full of self-entitled thugs, we need more men like Travis Altman. A strong relationship between a father and his daughter is priceless. Altman’s daughter likely has no idea how fortunate she is to have such a doting dad, but she’ll realize as much in time. Please share this story to thank all of the hard-working linemen who are still out there restoring power after the recent hurricanes.