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Q&A with Engineering Director Emeka Okafor

Emeka Okafor has 14 years of experience in the utility industry, including stints with Indiana Michigan Power (a sister company to AEP) and Duke Energy. He returned to AEP Ohio in 2019 to lead our engineering department. In honor of National Engineers Week we talked with Okafor about engineering at AEP Ohio and the future …

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911 Call Saves Truck Driver’s Life

During a medical emergency, every second matters. The quick response of four workers at the AEP storeroom on Westerville Road in northeast Columbus may have saved a man’s life. Equipment Operator Todd Flesher and contract employees Jerrod Beightler and Christian Paugh were helping unload wooden spools of electrical wire from a flatbed truck. It was …

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Lobmiller Makes Early-Morning Exit Ramp Rescue

Verging off Interstate 270 onto State Route 161 in northeast Columbus, Line Crew Supervisor Brad Lobmiller came to a sudden (but safe) stop on the exit ramp. It was 6:30 a.m., dark and icy. In front of him was a young man, maybe 18 years old, who minutes earlier had skidded on some black ice, …

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Helping Bring Dreams to Reality

Meet Chris, one of our 100+ customer design technicians. She plays an important role in getting new electric service set up for customers before the work is scheduled with a line crew. We spoke with Chris to learn more about her role and her relationship with AEP Ohio customers. Q: What does a Customer Design …

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John Bowman Saves Christmas in St. Clairsville

Thanks to John Bowman, an AEP Ohio technician, customers in the St. Clairsville area who eagerly awaited Santa’s arrival enjoyed a much cozier Christmas Eve. Bowman was driving to a job Dec. 23 when he spotted something amiss on the side of a country road in nearby Neffs. It was a dead tree outside our …

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Meet the Forestry Team

Ashlie is a utility forestry specialist with AEP Ohio. While foresters are busy keeping power lines and equipment free of trees, she helps relay important information to customers about work happening in their community and answer any questions they might have.  We spoke with Ashlie to learn more about her relationship with AEP Ohio customers …

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