AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MISS DIG 811 pays its respects to Michael G. Digon, the first executive director and founder of the MISS DIG System, the nation's first statewide damage prevention system.
Digon began his career with Consumers Power Company in 1951 and eventually worked his way up to general supervisor from 1976 to 1990. He simultaneously served as executive director of the MISS DIG System from 1970 to 1990. His achievements at MISS DIG include: organizing the overhead electric program; organizing and serving as the first president of the Michigan Utility Damage Prevention Association; and assisting in the development of and participating in the first American Public Works Association-sanctioned National Damage Prevention Symposium.
He received many awards, including the Certificate of Special Tribute from Governor James Blanchard as an "exemplary citizen who has devoted his talents to the safety and efficiency of utility systems in Michigan for over 20 years." He was also honored by P.Y. Lee, director general, Ministry of Communications, for his "contributions to establishing the first Dig Center in the Republic of China."
Digon was a resident of Horseshoe Lake in Hanover, Michigan, until his passing on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. He will be remembered for his dedication to eliminating damage to Michigan's underground infrastructure.
About MISS DIG
MISS DIG System, Inc. is a Michigan Non-Profit Corporation that operates as the Underground Utility Safety Notification System for the entire state. MISS DIG 811 has received over 21 million locate requests resulting in nearly 189 million transmissions since 1970.
MISS DIG 811 provides this free service to homeowners, excavators, municipalities and utility companies via our web-based locate requests - elocate.missdig.org and rte.missdig.org, or by placing a toll-free call to 811 or 800-482-7171. MISS DIG 811 processes that locate request by contacting our over 1,700 members, who then come out and locate their facilities. The mission of MISS DIG System, Inc. is to safeguard the public, environment, property, and utility infrastructures and promote utility damage prevention through a quality, cost-effective process for our customers.
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