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Tie-dye clad Intren Icicles take the Polar Plunge in 2020INTREN President and CEO Kelly Tomblin and Executive Vice President Matthew Turk led the charge for the 20th annual Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics and Special Children’s Charities. A ‘heatwave’ at a sunny 52 degrees, INTREN was thrilled to join the ComEd Coolers team and support such a worthy cause!

#freezing4areason #OutPerformingEveryday
Intren at Feed my Starving ChildrenINTREN Illinois continued their stewardship efforts with ‘Feed My Starving Children’ with additional packing sessions at their Schaumburg facility. The non-profit’s goal is to reach everyone around the world with their manna packs, until ALL are fed. If you are interested in donating to help feed hungry children or in purchasing amazing crafts by local artisans from communities (such as Uganda, Haiti, and Kenya) where they serve, please go to fmsc.org #HopeStartsWithFood
Cary Grove GEMsWhat better way to get girls interested in #STEM than to have them build their own electronic circuit board! Thank you to the Cary-Grove High School GEMS program for inviting INTREN to present this year! Directors Sarah Douglas and Sue Clarke also had the opportunity to discuss the phenomenal opportunities for women in the energy field! #OutPerformingEveryday
Justin Othick wins GoldWe are proud to announce that INTREN's Justin Othick received a gold medal in skiing at the Illinois Special Olympics Winter Games held recently at Chestnut Mountain in Galena. Over 450 athletes competed in Alpine skiing and snowshoeing over the exciting 3-day event. Congratulations to all the athletes and especially to Justin! Your work ethic, kindness, and team spirit are a shining example of OutPerforming Everyday!
Andrew Albrecht, Eric Pavesich and Sean KesslerINTREN overhead crew members Andrew Albrecht, Eric Pavesich and Sean Kessler were the first on the scene at this horrific accident on Interstate 39 near Paw Paw, Illinois (west of Chicago) on Saturday, January 11. At the time, winter storm activity was hitting the region with freezing rain, sleet and high winds.

The Assistant Fire Chief was especially grateful to our crew and the assistance they provided to the car occupants, 911 and emergency personnel at the scene. Below is a letter that he sent to General Foreman Chris Clark.

From: Brian Milton, Assistant Fire Chief, Paw Paw Fire Department (Illinois)

Mr. Clark,

I'd like to take a minute to formally thank and recognize the INTREN crew that were first on the scene of a bad accident Saturday January 11th on Interstate 39. We were dispatched for a "car under a semi", and as you can imagine we responded expecting the worst. In several respects these crews handled this situation with absolute professionalism.

accident scene
First, they took great care of the 2 patients. The first EMTs on scene noted that the patients were covered and kept warm by sweatshirts provided by the INTREN crews on scene. Second, they provided critical information about the scene and patients to the 911 dispatcher that allowed us to mobilize with the most appropriate resources.

Third, and quite possibly the most impressive, using their procedures, cones, and equipment, they quickly established a lane closure to protect the patients as well as our teams as they arrived on scene. As you know, traffic hazards are a significant risk for us when we respond to calls on the interstate. Their actions allowed our ambulance crews to safely address the patients while awaiting our own apparatus to arrive and establish traffic control.

I don't have a picture of the protection they provided but attached you will find a pic of the scene that confronted them that I hope will put into perspective my appreciation of how they handled. it. Please accept and convey our thanks for a job well done. 

A collage from Sole Hope

On #GivingTuesday, INTREN employees across the country actively supported ‘Sole Hope’, an organization that provides shoes, first aid kits and education to fight the devastating results from a crippling parasite called jiggers in Uganda.

Employees donated jeans, money and their time by assembling first aid kits and cutting out shoe patterns. ‘Sole Hope’ employs Ugandan men and woman who then handcraft the closed-toed shoes, which help prevent jigger infestation for people who wear them. Currently, they make over 20,000 pairs of shoes per year!

Not to be confused with chiggers, jiggers are a small parasite that prevents kids from walking or running and adults from caring for their family. Many in Uganda believe that jiggers are a curse and often the infected become an outcast.

Thanks to ‘Sole Hope’, they are helping Ugandan people to become jigger-free and restoring their health and hope for the future, one pair of shoes at a time.

If you are interested in learning more, please go to www.solehope.org

Intren at the 2019 Womens Empowerment Lunch
INTREN women were thrilled to participate at the annual Women's Entrepreneur Network- Chicago EmPOWERment Forum held at the Museum of Science & Industry in the midst of their 'Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light' exhibit. The event was a celebration of women in STEM and honored this year's accomplishments.
Intren at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Dinner
INTREN is honored to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County (Illinois) and 'The BIG Event' being held tonight! The celebration honors their community partners, 'BIGS of the Year' and raises awareness about the children in the county that are still waiting to be matched with their future mentor. Thank you to former Board Member and Controller Jon Arnopolin for your contribution to this wonderful organization!
INTREN's Lloyd Gillespie, Pete Becker, Ben Turk, and Brian Creighton participated (and won!) ComEd's OCC Golf outing held this past Friday in Joliet, Illinois. Word on the street is that Anne Pramaggiore, senior executive vice president and CEO of Exelon Utilities, has banned Lloyd from winning any more ComEd golf outings, but that doesn't seem to have stopped him!
A cancer survivor stands with our pink helmet-wearing crew
Today was extra special. INTREN cable replacement crew members Lance Moon and Larry Palmer were working in a Buffalo Grove, IL subdivision when Peggy, a 23-year ovarian cancer survivor, asked to take a photo with the men. She truly appreciated them wearing their pink hard hats and supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. #OutPerformingEveryday #TeamPINK