John Kroeger, a retired employee of Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative (Northeast Power), Palmyra, was honored with the A.C. Burrows Award by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) at that organization’s annual meeting Oct. 9 in Branson.

John Kroeger, a retired employee of Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative (Northeast Power), Palmyra, was honored with the A.C. Burrows Award by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) at that organization’s annual meeting Oct. 9 in Branson.

The purpose of the award is to recognize directors and employees of electric cooperatives for outstanding service to their cooperative, community and service areas. Those who received the award were selected because of their leadership above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen and improve the economic and social conditions in their areas.

Kroeger retired from Northeast Power in March 2015 after more than 41 years with the Cooperative. Following his U.S. Navy service, he was hired by Northeast Power in October 1973. He began as a dispatcher/trainee and would eventually become manager of the Dispatch Department.

Kroeger experienced many technological challenges and changes during his career. While maintaining after-hours dispatching for the member-distribution cooperatives, he regularly demonstrated his concern for the member. As a dispatcher, Kroeger controlled the Cooperative’s power-grid system, dispatched crews 24/7/365, kept the system control updated, trained new apprentices and managed the department. Kroeger and his wife, Kathy, raised two children, Kevin and Sarah, and have six grandchildren.

The award is named for the late Audrian Cleon Burrows of Van Buren, Missouri, who rose through the ranks to become general manager of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, which is the statewide service organization for Missouri’s 48 electric cooperatives. Burrows served in this position from 1968 to 1976. He was recognized as an outstanding leader in rural electrification and as a distinguished individual who dedicated his life to helping others.

The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Jefferson City, is the statewide service organization for Missouri’s electric cooperatives.