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"... To preserve the memory of the Washington State Department of Transportation fallen workers and to provide assistance to active and retired employees and their families in times of need."



Monthly Memorial Tribute
This month we pay tribute to and remember these
WSDOT employees who died in work zone incidents:

    Edward Bowles, July 5, 1955, Eastern Region, maintenance technician. Ed injured a finger while fixing the tail gate latch of the truck. He was immediately treated by a doctor but died several weeks later from tetanus.

    Robert J. Forrest, July 7, 1982, South Central Region, transportation technician. Robert was on a paving project and walking with his back to the paving truck when he was struck by the truck.

    Gordon Burlingame, July 17, 1992, North Central Region, avalanche control supervisor. "Gordie" was working alone to remove a 29-foot high radio tower from a dormitory building roof at Berne Camp on Stevens Pass. The tower became unstable, fell and struck him.

    Patricia L. Oberg, July 19, 1989, Southwest Region, transportation technician. While on a survey crew, rocks at the end of a rock quarry gave way. Patricia fell to the bottom of the quarry, suffering head injuries.

    Paul J. Yandt, July 29, 1953, South Central Region, maintenance technician. Paul was killed while working south of Connell when a truck and trailer pinned him against his highway department truck.





 

WSDOTMF News

Memorial Foundation pink WSDOT hat continues to get mileage.

Last March Joe Schmidt (pictured) participated in Fireman's Columbia Tower climb in Seattle. The Memorial Foundation was honored to help sponsor Joe and Ryan Hilton in the event.
At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle stands as the second tallest building west of the Mississippi. It takes 69 floors of stairs and 1,356 steps to reach the observation deck overlooking the city. Firefighters race up the stairs in full fire gear and air masks to help raise funds and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). This year, over 1,900 firefighters from 300 different departments competed in the event, making it the single largest firefighting competition in the world!

Memorial Foundation pink WSDOT hat continues to get mileage.

On the summit of Shastina last Saturday winds were too high (100 mph) to attempt climbing Shasta at 14,179 ft, so we went for Shastina at 12,329 ft. Kris Reitman, WSDOT Deputy Communications Director, had to anchor the bottom of our banner because the winds were at steady 60 mph! Pink hat peeking out from under my helmet.


New Dahlia Collection
Introducing a New Dahlia Collection honoring one of the WSDOT Fallen Workers.

It's called the Billy 'Bud' Rhynalds' Worker Memorial Collection and it's made up of a collection of oranges and one red Cornel dahlia, which was Billy's favorite.


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A Monument in the making!



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