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Cardinals honor Ameren crews for work in Puerto Rico

A Cardinals hat in Puerto Rico as lineman work in the background (Credit: Ameren) A Cardinals hat in Puerto Rico as lineman work in the background (Credit: Ameren)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The St. Louis Cardinals honored Ameren crews on Tuesday for their work in Puerto Rico.

The workers helped restore power to the island after hurricanes Irma and Maria. During that work, many of the crews went above and beyond their initial mission.

When 225 Ameren line workers and support staff from Missouri and Illinois first arrived in Puerto Rico after the hurricanes, half of the island was in the dark. By the time their work was done in April, 95 percent of the island had power again. Ameren said now 99 percent of the island has power.

At least one lineman, Ken Bohning, packed a few extra items when he headed to Puerto Rico. He brought Cardinals baseball hats to hand out to local children he met while they worked in the remote mountainous region of the island. To have a little fun, he would have the kids say: “Go Cardinals! No Cubs!”

The team got wind of his generosity and pitched in by sending more Cardinals hats and shirts for the crews to hand out. In the end, with each light Ameren crews helped turn back on, more smiles, too, were shining. 

“This is truly about helping people out,” said Ken Bohning in a YouTube video posted by Ameren. “You come down here and they want to give back to you as much as you want to try to give to them and that’s pretty unique in today’s world.”

Tuesday night, the Cardinals honored all the Ameren Illinois and Missouri workers who spent weeks restoring power in Puerto Rico. One of the supervisors will throw out the first pitch. Game time against the Padres is 7:15 p.m.

This weekend, the Cubs will be in St. Louis.

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