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ONTARIO - One hundred thirty Southern California Edison lineman returned to their families Tuesday after spending 14 days on the East Coast working to restore power to millions of residents.

The jet carrying the SCE employees home landed about 4 p.m. at LA/Ontario International Airport.

On Nov. 2, several pieces of equipment and hundreds of men and women left the tarmac at March Air Reserve Base to assist in re-supplying electricity to cities in New York and New Jersey after Tropical Storm Sandy destroyed much of the coast Empire State and the Garden State.

"I'm so very very very very very glad he's home," said Dawn McDowell about her husband, Ty, who has been a lineman for 30 years with Edison.

One lineman yelled as he was exiting the plane, "It's great to be back in Southern California weather."

Others were very sympathetic to the needs of the victims of the superstorm that hit the East Coast.

"It was non-stop work but with all the devastation that took place we needed to be there," said 36-year-old Chino resident Michael Fuller.

Dawn McDowell of Rancho Cucamonga hugs her husband, Ty, on Tuesday as he and other SoCal Edison employees return to L.A./Ontario International Airport
Dawn McDowell of Rancho Cucamonga hugs her husband, Ty, on Tuesday as he and other SoCal Edison employees return to L.A./Ontario International Airport after helping to restore power in areas of New York and New Jersey affected by Superstorm Sandy. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher Staff Photographer)
"These people were homeless and without heat, and they were still bringing us coffee and food while we worked to get the lights on."

Fuller said if he was ever asked to do it again he wouldn't have a second thought.

"This was a unique situation," he said. "Some of us have never seen anything more than a regular snowfall."

Adding to the misery, a Nor'easter struck the area bringing snowfall just days after Sandy had moved on.

"I'm super, super excited to see my kids and my wife," Fuller said. "It's been two weeks but they understand why I had to go."

Ron Maurer, an Edison field supervisor, had great things to say about his counterparts with Consolidated Edison.

"They were excellent to work with," he said. "They took great care of us wherever we went."

The residents were incredible even with all that they were facing, Maurer said.

"We helped them restore power and made sure people were ok," he said. "It was very humbling to see the devastation.


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