Friday, April 22, 2009
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Caltrans Remembers Fallen Workers
SAN DIEGO – Employees from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) gathered today to commemorate the California Highway Workers' Memorial Day. Caltrans paid tribute to the 171 men and women who have been killed in the line of duty since 1924.
The names of the fallen co-workers were read and honored with a moment of silence. A memorial display made up of 171 orange highway cones signified each of the Caltrans workers killed statewide.
Sadly, this year’s tribute included an additional cone representing the most recent loss to the Caltrans Family – Transportation Engineer Muoi Tran from Marysville who was killed last year while driving to a work site.
“Our purpose today is to remember and honor the Caltrans workers who have laid down their lives building and maintaining our highways here in California,” said Deputy District Director Mike McManus. “The choices that motorists make can determine whether or not our highway workers get home safely to their families. We ask that motorists slow down, pay attention, and if possible, move over as they approach the cone zone.”
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