Lamar Institute of Technology and its Foundation recently recognized Ronnie Hindsman for donations in his name to a scholarship benefitting utility line students.

Hindsman has been an employee of Sam Houston Electric Co-Op in Livingston for more than 30 years.

In 2004, while completing a simple job he had done many times, he experienced an electrical shock that damaged both of his arms. Hindsman lost both of his arms above the elbow. The shock occurred because he was not wearing rubber gloves, a standard when doing this type of repair.

Hindsman now speaks at a variety of electrical companies, stressing the importance of following proper safety protocol. He has chosen not to receive payment from these seminars, instead asking the companies to donate directly to LIT to provide utility line scholarships.

Since November 2011, LIT has received donations totaling $11,954.18. Companies donating to LIT include Navarro County Electric Co-Op, Florida Keys Electric Co-Op, Oncor Electric Delivery, Taylor Electric Company, Sam Houston Electric Co-Op, Horry Electric Co-Op, Jemez Mountain Electric, Lower Neches Valley Authority, Bartlett Electric Corporation, Jackson Electric Co-Op, Wood County Electric Co-Op, Fort Belknap Services Corporation, Victoria Electric Co-Op Inc., Florida Electric Co-Op Association, Farmers Electric Co-Op, Tennessee Electric Co-Op Association, Insurance Network of Texas and Gulf Coast Electric Co-Op Inc.