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04/09/2014 ~ On May 16, 2014, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Jerry Pita Jr., will retire after 30-years and 11-months of continuous service to the Utility.

Pita was originally hired in 1983 when City Electric System still graced the side of the Utility’s trucks. During his tenure he held numerous positions within the Utility, including Auxiliary Operator and Tree Trimmer prior to completing his career as a Journeyman Lineman.

Reflecting on the biggest changes that took place during his tenure, Pita said, “the industry itself is always changing, as is the company, and I just did my best to adapt to all the changes.” When asked about his most memorable experience at KEYS, Pita said there were a lot of memories over the years but the day he became a Lineman and the post-hurricane restoration work he did in Long Island, New York, after Hurricane Sandy, stand out as the most memorable.

In reminiscing about his time at KEYS, Pita said he will miss seeing his co-workers every day, working with the public, and storm repair work. When asked about the secret to his longevity he attributed it to, “loving the trade that is line work and working alongside good friends and good people.”

Pita was born and raised in Key West and along with his wife Kim raised two children, Jessica & Garrett, in the southernmost city. In mentioning his wife, Pita added nostalgically that, “the girl put up with late night duty calls, trouble calls, and storm work for over 25 years.”
In retirement Pita hopes to dedicate time to spend with his grandson Easton, go fishing, relax, and generally take it easy as he eases into life as a retiree. After a 30-plus-year career at KEYS he has more than earned the right to make his own schedule.

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