Not only am I proud to be an almost 40 year employee (I will not be allowed to reach my anniversary in 2013), but my grandfather was a street car conductor when Raleigh was first electrified. No one was prouder than my grandfather to work for such a wonderful company that brought light and power into a small but thriving city. He never got over his fascination with lights and was known to keep lights burning in all rooms.
Even the night after he died while sitting on his front porch in downtown Raleigh, the light in the front hall suddenly came on startling family and visitors. “Mr. Jones is here my grandmother said.” The lamp had a short in it, but it we’ve always wondered if it was a salute.
Bill Johnson got caught up in what will go down in history as a black day for not only Progress Energy, but for honest, ethical companies that value their customers, stockholders and employees.
I’m so proud of Bill Johnson and the way he has handled himself under these extreme conditions. A man’s character and integrity are worth more than gold. Bill will always have my utmost admiration.
Whatever the future holds for Progress Energy employees, we can hold our heads high knowing we have known what it is to be the very best.
- An anonymous Progress Energy employee