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September 22, 2020
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September 29, 2020

Day 26



DAY 26

Hurricane Hugo

Most of us that lived in York County in 1989 have a Hurricane Hugo story. Like many of my fellow York County residents at the time, I can tell tales of fallen trees and limbs, of no power, of lukewarm baths, of trips to the edges of York County to find ice. I can also tell the story of not seeing my dad for nearly two weeks after the hurricane left its path of destruction.

In 1989, my dad was a repairman for Fort Mill Telephone Co. I was 9 at the time and it was the first time I can really remember understanding the importance of my dad’s job and the demands it placed on his time. In retrospect, it’s also the first time I remember having a sense of the need for our company’s services. Because of the massive amount of damage the storm created, he would leave the house each day before the sun rose, work 14-16 hours shifts, and get home after my sister and I had gone to bed.

His dedication to our customers shone through in his actions then and it continued to be a part of his signature throughout his career at Comporium. Even though he retired from his role as Vice President of Installation and Repair several years ago, his ideals still inspire that workgroup as much today. His legacy and our Techs’ dedication to our community are an everyday inspiration for me.


Shaun Barnes
Vice President of Corporate Communications
2006 – Present