|Randy LocklairRandy Locklair admits to being a little embarrassed by the article about him that ran in the Morning News and on Channel 13 in Florence, S.C. No, Locklair wasn't involved in anything scandalous. He was recognized by the media outlets for the exemplary work he does in the community as a gas journeyman for SCE&G.
"My wife, Margi, saw a promotion on the scnow Web site and submitted my name without me knowing about it," said Locklair, who has worked for SCE&G seven years. "She didn't tell me that I'd been selected until the day before the TV interview. I was honored, but it was a little embarrassing. I'm just fortunate that I have a job that gives me the opportunity to help people out."
Such modesty is not surprising for someone who has been known to give a microwave to a needy family or take the time to rescue a customer's cat from a tree. Moreover, Locklair makes regular visits to check on his elderly customers, who, he said, "really touch my heart."
"I do get attached to these people," he said "and I consider many of my customers friends. My job takes me into their homes, and they have to put their trust in me. Taking the time to talk with them and getting to know them is important. The most enjoyment I get is when I leave the house and the customer is happy."
Locklair jokes that his wife often says she's afraid he might bring a customer home one day. He often comes home with a story about someone he's concerned about.
"I don't ever know where he's going to take me next, but he can't let anything go," she was quoted as saying in the Morning News article. "He always feels like he has to help."
Beyond his natural compassion for people, Locklair said he considers himself a salesman for the company.
"In the gas business, we're all salespeople in some fashion," he said. "Natural gas used to sell itself. Now, we have to sell it through the customer service we provide. It's the driving force of our company right now."
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