Ameren Illinois provides lift to East St. Louis Mayor Eastern to light star on top of city’s Christmas tree
Ameren Illinois gave East St. Louis Mayor Robert Eastern III a major boost on Friday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2022, by providing a lift up in one of its double bucket trucks to light the star on top of the city’s 32-foot Christmas tree. The celebration took place on-site from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at East St. Louis City Hall, 301 Riverpark Dr., officially kicking off the holiday season in the City of East St. Louis.
Mayor Eastern was accompanied by other city officials to mark the occasion. Ameren Illinois officials were also on hand including Director of Electric Operations Jason Klein and Community Relations Executive Paula Nixon, accompanied by journeyman lineman Josh Daniels manning the truck and bucket lift.
The mayor told the crowd he was “a tad bit nervous taking a bucket truck ride,” but said he would “confidently plug in the Christmas star for the City of Champions.”
The tree itself had already been decorated with strands of LED holiday lights donated by Ameren Illinois, with its Energy Efficiency team donating 80 strands of LED lights to the city.
Photos courtesy Bill Greenblatt, provided by Ameren Illinois.