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RODRIGUEZ TO RETIRE AFTER 30-YEARS OF SERVICE

10/07/2010 ~ On October 7, 2010, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Steve Rodriguez retired after 30-years of service to the public power provider for Key West and the Lower Florida Keys.

Rodriguez was originally hired by KEYS on September 15, 1980, when City Electric System still graced the Utility’s letterhead. Throughout his tenure Rodriguez held numerous positions within the Utility, including Switchboard Operator, Watch Engineer, and Load Dispatcher prior to ending his career as a Power Systems Coordinator.

Reflecting on the biggest changes that took place during his tenure, Rodriguez said it was, “going from a closed electrical system, relying on our own generation to being tied to the mainland with the TIELINE.” When asked about his most memorable experience at KEYS, Rodriguez thought back to an incident in the Key West Steam Plant. “During my second year on the job I was working in the Steam Plant when a pipe cracked and the facility was filled with a deafening sound and super heated steam.” He added that when repairing the crack, “glass exploded and shards were sent in every direction, including in my arm.” While at the hospital doctors couldn’t find any glass in his arm as it appeared the glass, “went in one side and out the other.”

In reminiscing about his time at KEYS, Rodriguez will miss the camaraderie within his section, and when asked about the secret to his longevity attributed it to, “an understanding wife who dealt with my shift work and my martial arts training which gave me the discipline and grace under pressure.”

Rodriguez lives in Key West with his wife of 26-years, Debra. Together they have raised two children, Crystal and Steve Jr., and have two granddaughters. Rodriguez plans to take a few months off to watch his granddaughters grow before resuming work on a graphic arts degree he was pursuing prior to being hired by the Utility. After a 30-year career at KEYS, he has more than earned the right to start a new chapter of his life.

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