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Doug Drake, an employee of Northeast Electric Power Cooperative, Palmyra, was honored with the A.C. Burrows Award by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives at that organization’s annual meeting Oct. 6 in Branson.
The purpose of the award is to recognize directors and employees of electric cooperatives for outstanding service to their cooperative, community and service areas.
Those who received the award were selected because of their leadership above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen and improve the economic and social conditions in their areas.
Drake began his cooperative career in 1988 as a journeyman lineman at Prairie Power in Springfield, Ill.
In 1997, he began as the safety and training instructor at the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives.
Not long after in 2003, he took on the role of field training manager at AMEC where he was responsible for managing the operations of the Risk Management and Training Department.
In 2011, Drake joined Macon Electric Cooperative as the general manager where he improved the safety program among many other areas.
He moved to Northeast Power in 2016 as the manager of safety and compliance where he hosted bi-annual safety round-table discussions and provided prompt safety support.
In his career, Drake has served as the Statewide Manager’s Association president, District Two Manager’s Group chairman and past secretary and Quad States Instructors, Inc. chairman.
Drake retired from Northeast Power in December 2021. He and his wife, Lisa, enjoy traveling and camping.
The award is named for the late Audrian Cleon Burrows of Van Buren, Mo., who rose through the ranks to become general manager of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, which is the statewide service organization for Missouri’s 48 electric cooperatives.
Burrows served in this position from 1968 to 1976. He was recognized as an outstanding leader in rural electrification and as a distinguished individual who dedicated his life to helping others.
The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Jefferson City, is the statewide service organization for Missouri’s electric cooperatives.