Spotlight on Walter Miles, Former Hospital Porter, Current General Foreperson, Lewis Tree Service

Wondering how someone goes from taking care of patients to taking care of trees?

We caught up with Walter Miles to find out how.

You worked in a hospital before starting in vegetation management, what was your job there?

I had started in cafeteria in hospital and had the opportunity to learn about different diets that the patients needed to follow which was cool but then I became a porter. In that job, I pushed the patients in their bed from ER to their room if they had just gotten admitted or I would push the patients in their bed back and forth from getting tests or surgery. I loved my job there, but my hospital merged with another hospital and I was laid off.

Did you see yourself being in the hospital long-term if you had not gotten laid off?

At the time I did see myself staying and being there long-term. The reason being, when I left home and went to the hospital, I felt valued. I felt important, the patients depended on me.

Was there anything about your job at the hospital that you did not like?

When people would die. I never got comfortable with that. I would hate when I would bring someone down to surgery, only to come back for them after surgery and find out they had passed during their procedure.

What are some similarities between working at the hospital and working in vegetation management?

In both jobs, you feel important. At the hospital I interacted with patients and their families. At Lewis I interact with the utilities and property owners. I believe in service and when a call comes in it is not what do you want, it is how can I help you. When I was at the hospital, I was there to help support the patients as well as their families. At Lewis, I am here to help keep the power on, people are depending on me.

How do you feel about being essential and what does that mean to you?

When storms hit and they declare a state of national disaster, we leave the comfort of our homes and become first responders. It is about us helping people and trying to restore their life as soon as possible. Next time you fly at night, look out the window and look at all the blinking lights. If it were not for us, those lights would not be on. I do not look at myself as a tree trimmer, I look at myself as someone who keeps the lights on. We are so important; people depend on us.

What would you tell others who may be looking for a new career?

If someone were considering the industry, I would tell them that you cannot be afraid. Yes, it can be dangerous, but think about it this way, you can get in your car and something can happen. At Lewis, they teach you all about safety and it is their priority. I would tell someone that is not currently satisfied in their job that the only way you will be fulfilled is you enjoy what you are doing, you cannot just do it for a check and I love what I am doing. Working at Lewis has been an adventure, I have had the opportunity to see places that I would not have had the opportunity to see otherwise.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

I am grateful for the opportunity to work for Lewis from the core of me. This job is how I take care of my family. I am so thankful that Lewis has given me the opportunity to be employed by them and represent them in the best way that I can.

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