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Roll With Me: A Man’s Journey Across America in a Wheelchair

On April 1st, 2013, Gabriel Cordell, a charismatic 42 year old who has been  paraplegic for the past 20 years, will leave Burbank, CA, and roll his wheelchair 3,300 miles across America to his home town in West Hempstead, NY, arriving June 10, 2013.

Gabe Cordell

Cameras will be following this adventure, and the ensuing documentary will be a film about one man pushing his physical, mental, and emotional boundaries to the extreme limits, as he becomes the first person to manually cross this country in a wheelchair in 70 days.  To prepare for the upcoming challenges, he has been training five days a week at the Burbank Community YMCA, the place Gabe has deemed “my second home.”

On back roads and through forgotten towns, this doc will follow Gabe on the most important journey of his life. One that has seen him through paralysis, recovery from sexual and drug addictions, and on through his ultimate desire to prove that with will, determination, and a bit of work no one has to be constrained by their past and held to circumstances.

To support Gabe and to find more information about the trip and the documentary visit http://rollwithme.org/.

BWP Workers Return From New York’s Long Island

Cold, tired, and full of stories, 10 electrical linemen from Burbank Water and Power (BWP) returned from New York’s Long Island after restoring power to hundreds of residents who had gone without electricity for up to 8 days. After witnessing the destruction of
Superstorm Sandy, the Burbank Crew returned home in time to spend Thanksgiving with their families and loved ones.

“I was so moved to see row after row of utility crews from across the United States there to help.” said Andrew Harmon, Line Mechanic Supervisor for BWP. “You could see it in their eyes, people were so happy to see us and we were proud to be there to help.” Burbank banded with Anaheim, Pasadena and Riverside to combine resources and send help to Long Island Power Authority to restore power to thousands of impacted residents in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

“We could not be more proud of our skilled and committed employees who volunteered for this assignment,” says Jorge Somoano, Burbank’s Assistant General Manager of Electrical Operations.

10 Burbank Electrical Workers to Help Long Island After Hurricane Sandy

On Sunday, 10 electrical linemen and work vehicles from Burbank Water and Power (BWP) were loaded onto an Air Force cargo plane at March Air Force Base headed for New York’s JFK Airport. Burbank has banded with three other local cities, each with their own public electric utility, combining resources to offer 27 “heavy crew” linemen and 16 utility work vehicles to help Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) restore power to thousands of impacted residents in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

“Burbank, Anaheim, Pasadena and Riverside have been working continuously since Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast to offer assistance to New York,” said Ron Davis, BWP’s General Manager. The offer to help was communicated through the American Public Power Association, of which all four utilities are members.

It was less than one year ago that hurricane-force winds swept through Southern California, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving thousands without power. Through mutual aid agreements, Burbank sent linemen to Pasadena to help restore power when local resources were not enough to meet needs following the wind storm.

“We could not be more proud of our skilled and committed employees who volunteered for this assignment,” says Jorge Somoano, Burbank’s Assistant General Manager of Electrical Operations.

Crews from the four Southern California cities will hopefully be returning home in time for Thanksgiving.