SE District Honors Fallen Workers
Day of Remembrance-Sept. 19
MoDOT's Southeast District employees and family members of fallen workers shared tears and laughs during this year’s Day of Remembrance held on Sept. 19. MoDOT’s Day of Remembrance will become an annual event held on the third Thursday of September to honor employees who have died in the line of duty.
“We want to honor the sacrifice of each of these individuals,” said District Engineer Mark Shelton. “In addition, we want to increase work zone safety awareness.”
To commemorate the day, the Southeast District held ceremonies at the District and Regional Offices. MoDOT employees were also encouraged to wear green or MoDOT apparel.
Family members of fallen workers Bob Eftink and George “Bud” Whited attended the Sikeston and Willow Springs ceremonies, respectively. Family members were presented with a green balloon to release following the ceremony.
In addition to the green balloons representing fallen MoDOT workers, the Southeast District also honored others who work on Missouri’s roadways by releasing an orange balloon for MoDOT’s contractors, a blue balloon for Missouri State Highway Patrol Officers and a red balloon for emergency responders.
Shelton added that he worked with George “Bud” Whited as a college student on the survey crew. He fondly recalled a humorous story of “Bud” introducing him to twist tobacco as a joke.
“As you look at the list of names, keep in mind these individuals were dads, moms, siblings, grandparents, and our friends and co-workers,” he said. “We need to do everything we can to make sure everyone goes home safely at the end of each day.”