MEA honors Brian Hunter of We Energies with a 2020 Life Sustaining Award for saving a trapped man from suffocating to death in 2019.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — MEA Energy Association (MEA) is honored to present Brian Hunter, a We Energies utility troubleshooter, with a Life Sustaining Award for saving a man’s life.

Hunter was helping to restore power after a destructive storm in July 2019. As Hunter worked on damaged equipment, he saw a man get pinned by a tree while using a tractor to remove it. “I knew he was in trouble,” said Hunter.

He was indeed in trouble; the tree was across the man’s throat. Hunter jumped on the tractor and put it in reverse, helping to relieve pressure on the man’s neck. He then grabbed his saw and cut the tree, eventually freeing the man. Hunter said the man thanked him for saving his life.

“It is a privilege to bestow this Life Sustaining Award,” said John Gann, MEA Vice President. “These awards serve to highlight the outstanding individuals in the energy industry who rise up when called and make a difference when presented with the opportunity to do so.”

MEA Life Sustaining Awards are presented to individuals from member companies who have saved the life of another. Applications for the MEA Life Sustaining Award are reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee of MEA’s Board of Directors. Read about all MEA awards at

About We Energies:
We Energies serves more than 1.1 million electric customers and 1.1 million natural gas customers in Wisconsin. We Energies is the trade name of Wisconsin Electric Power Co. and Wisconsin Gas LLC, utility subsidiaries of WEC Energy Group Inc. Visit We Energies at and WEC Energy Group at

About MEA:
MEA serves the people that deliver electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses. We were founded as a trade association over 110 years ago by distribution utilities whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, we fulfill the same purpose through education, leadership development, and industry connections. Energy delivery companies, contractors, and suppliers around the country benefit from our 55 summits, roundtables, and webinars, 400+ online technical courses, safety assessments, evaluator training, operator qualification compliance tools, and leadership courses for field personnel.

SOURCE MEA Energy Association