In honor of Independence Day, we’re sharing the second episode of our Band of Brotherhood series.

John Rusnak from IBEW Local 673 chose to enlist in the Army because of the pride he has for his country. When he first met his brothers and sisters from Local 673, he impressed them right away.

Dan Mentor, Business Manager, IBEW Local 673, said, “He was so dedicated and loyal, and showed a lot of respect. After that it was, ‘Now he’s a part of us.’”

When John was deployed, his wife said just knowing Local 673 was around and available when she needed them was a huge source of comfort. His mind was at ease when he was away, knowing his brothers and sisters would be there to help his family.

John is someone you can always rely on, a great guy, and a good mentor to new apprentices. If you need a hand, he’s the first one to offer.

John said, “I try to be the best version of me I can be everyday. I try to give it a 110 percent and be the best husband and father. I take pride in my work. I know I’m not perfect, but I refuse to fail.”

Thank you to John and the countless other veterans who served our country! We appreciate you and your family’s sacrifices!

To watch the other episodes in this series, click here.


Kenny Cooper

IBEW International President Kenny Cooper has been working with the IBEW Hour Power team since he was appointed International President in 2023. President Cooper creates short videos entitled “President’s Message” to bring important announcements and inspirational messages right to your computer screen.

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