Photo of Rural Utility Worker Goes Viral


HOOD COUNTY, Texas – The photo of a rural utility worker submerged upside-down in a muddy puddle has gone viral. A USA Today article reports that within two hours of the photo’s original posting on Facebook, it was receiving comments from Brazil.

The picture shows 23-year-old Jimmie Cox, an employee of Acton Municipal Utility District, submerged down to his waist in a five-foot hole. Cox was trying to clamp a break in a one-inch pipe.
“I wasn’t even able to get the clampers, so we had to cut it and put a valve on there when it was underwater,” Cox told USA Today.

The Acton Utility serves roughly 7,000 homes in subdivisions, individual residences and undeveloped agricultural lands surrounding the southern portion of Lake Granbury and along the Brazos River. AMUD is a member of the Texas Rural Water Association and the National Rural Water Association.

While the photo has gained world-wide attention, Cox says that kind of effort is common in rural water.

“In this line of work, people do it a lot,” he said.