Be the light: Giving people wings

The Basin Electric ad campaign “Be the light shows how Basin Electric and its member cooperatives can be the light in communities and homes like only a cooperative can.

You may have seen the story in the March/April 2017 Basin Today Magazine, Be the Light: How Basin Electric employees shine in their work. This blog feature goes by the same name, with the same function – to highlight employees who shine.

R. D. Reimers - Be the light

Spending an evening in the sky is a way of life for Robert “R. D.” Reimers since he got his pilot’s license in 2012. But for about a year now, his flights sometimes carry very precious cargo.

The Basin Electric manager of tax joined up with Angel Flight Central, an organization that coordinates people who need a flight with pilots who are willing to fly them somewhere, usually for health reasons.

Reimers says often his passengers are children fighting cancer. “So often, these families need to go as far as Rochester or Minneapolis, MN, for treatments. The kids are already uncomfortable because they’re sick, so the drive feels that much worse,” Reimers says. “They want to minimize disruption in their lives, and I can fly them in just a fraction of the time. I’ll take them as far as Fargo, ND, or Brookings, SD, for example, and a volunteer pilot out of Minnesota will take them the rest of the way.”

Reimers says the trips are usually well scheduled out, and the entire trip usually takes about five hours, with pilots donating the fuel they use. He says he does about four or five trips a year and Angel Flight Central could use more volunteer pilots.

Reimers says working for Basin Electric, he appreciates that the culture helps him feel like what he’s doing is nothing out of place. “I’m just doing something I like, and doing it for somebody who needs the help,” he says. “The kids sometimes get excited about the flight, which is fun. I am so proud I can make their lives a little bit easier.”

Watch Live Wire tomorrow for the story of how Reimers helped a fellow Basin Electric employee.

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