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NATE Wireless Industry Network to Host Southeast Regional Conference

National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the Wireless Industry Network (WIN) will be hosting a Southeast Regional Conference on Monday, Oct. 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn Pensacola / Medical Center in Pensacola, Florida. The conference will focus on key industry safety initiatives and offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees.

“This event will offer great educational and networking opportunities as speakers from all facets of the wireless telecom ecosystem will present programs on cutting edge topics,” stated WIN Director Scott Krouse. Presentations will include a variety of topics, such as NWSA Certification, safety procedures and best practices, culture and complacency, legal and risk management issues within the industry, a panel discussion on small cell siting and installation, and other topics yet to be announced.

John McGarvey, Southeast Regional Ambassador for NATE WIN, said, “The Wireless Telecom Industry is quite active here in the Southeast Region. This conference will provide the opportunity for company owners, tower techs, project and office managers and many others to gain insights on many topics within our industry.”  He also noted, “This Regional Conference will help to provide our workforce with the tools and knowledge needed in our ever-changing landscape. There are no other organizations better suited to help with this than NATE and NATE WIN.”

NATE members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend this conference. The cost to attend the Southeast Regional Conference is $75 per person and includes lunch and beverages. Interested attendees are encouraged to register by completing the Registration Form on the NATE website. All completed registration forms and payments should be emailed to nate@natehome.com or mailed to the NATE office (8 Second Street SE, Watertown, SD 57201) by the registration deadline of Friday, October 19, 2018.

19-year-old Tower Climber Dies in Fall

Tragedy struck in rural Minnesota, June 27, when a 19-year-old tower climber fell 153 feet to his death from a cell site.

The man, identified as Jeremy Jo Froemke of Lisbon, N.D., was wearing a safety harness at the time of the accident, according to the Associated Press. He worked at Midwest Steeplejacks, based in Fargo, N.D.

Officials from the Sheriff’s office in Beltrami County, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Solway Township Volunteer Fire Department and the North Country First Responders responded at 5:50 p.m. and pronounced him dead at the scene.

The tower was located 10 miles west of Bemidji, Minn., near Lammers Township.

Froemke was born in Fargo, N.D., according to an obituary in the Ransom County Gazette, and graduated from high school in 2011, where he was active in football, basketball and choir and worked on the family farm. He was also an avid outdoorsman.

Funeral services were scheduled on July 2 at Anselm Lutheran Church in Lisbon.