"Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe should call Centurytel employees Bob Peterson, Duane Andrew and Nick Dunn. Their jobs can get downright unpleasant.
Peterson's recent experience of sleeping all night in a snow Cat was similar to torture training, he said.
"I don't want to do it again," Peterson said.
Peterson (pictured above) of John Day and Dunn of Burns responded to an alarm in Paulina. Spanish Peak, a solar panel microwave radio site at 6,800 feet, was not keeping the batteries charged because the solar panels were not getting any sun.
The men had to make sure the batteries were charging properly, scrape ice off the solar panels and monitor the charging system. When they weren't busy with that, they tried to stay warm in the snow Cat.
They drove to Paulina four times and spent three nights in the snow Cat. After spending one night cramped in a machine with Peterson, Dunn made an igloo, leaving the snow Cat for Peterson to sleep in.
Andrew of John Day relieved Peterson and Dunn twice, but he spent the night in Paulina, opting out of sleeping in the snow Cat or igloo.
Telephone service was maintained for more than 250 customers during recent the severe weather thanks to the dirty, er, brave men at Centurytel.