Remembering Those Who Died: 15 Caltrans Workers Locally
Caltrans will be holding a memorial ceremony on Thursday, April 9 for the 15 Caltrans District 1 employees who have lost their lives in service to the people of California since 1927. This event comes one week before the statewide Highway Workers Memorial in Sacramento, and will acknowledge the loss of all 183 fallen California highway workers, with a specific emphasis on those from Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, and Mendocino counties.
Speakers will include District 1 Director Charlie Fielder, Deputy Directors Matt Brady and Mark Suchanek, Construction Manager Susan Tappan, representatives from the California Highway Patrol, Patsy Broeske (widow of Dan Broeske, who lost his life in a workzone incident south of Willits in 2005), and Ed Holgersen, a District 1 highway worker who was struck by an errant motorist while working near McKinleyville in October of 2013.
A moment of silence will be observed after the placing of 15 memorial cones for the fallen workers from District 1. These cones will be added to an arrangement of 168 others which serve to represent fallen workers from other parts of the state.
The ceremony will be held at the Caltrans District 1 office in the Union Street parking lot, and will begin promptly at 10 a.m. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 40 minutes. The general public is welcome to attend.