Head first: Photo of utility worker submerged up to waist goes viral

© James Glover
A quick photo taken of a man submerged up to his waist in the watery ground trying to fix a water line break became the latest social media viral sensation.

The photo of 23-year-old Jimmie Cox submerged up to his waist in water was snapped last week by Andrea Adams in Hood County, Texas, when the Acton Municipal Utility District worker came to fix a water line break in her driveway. 

Adams posted the shot on her Facebook page, and within two hours she said “people in Brazil were commenting.”

“I’ve shut down my Facebook, turned off my email. I had a call from a lawyer in Atlanta that wanted to use the photo,” Adams told WFAA, Texas.

Cox said he can’t believe the attention the photo has created either.

Cox told WFAA he had only taken the call to pick up a little overtime. When the photo was shot he was trying to reach down five feet to try to clamp the line. That didn’t work he said “so we had to cut it and put a valve on there when it was underwater.”

As for working blind underwater, Cox told WFFA: “In this line of work, people do it a lot.”

The photo has also been Tweeted out with hashtag #employeeofthemonth. Others have also received such commendation, where it seems smiling and being helpful while you work gets you noticed.

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