Eastern Region WSDOT entrance in Spokane
Tribute to Billy "Bud" Rhynalds in Olympia
Betty Rhynalds talks about her husband Billy "Bud" Rhynalds in Olympia
It was a somber remembrance for those lost, but also an opportunity to honor their memory and look toward a future when every employee makes it home safe each day.
The 2011 WSDOT Worker Memorial paid a special tribute to Billy “Bud” Rhynalds, a 12-year veteran of the WSDOT maintenance team out of Preston, co-workers raised a plaque that will hang in the WSDOT HQ Building. The memorial on March 22 at the WSDOT HQ Building in Olympia, featured family, friends and colleagues sharing their stories of those fallen.
Betty Rhynalds spoke about her husband’s work ethic and his love of keeping the roadways clear of snow and ice. She said she knows his sprit will be out helping whoever takes over his route. Rhynalds was killed by a falling tree on Highway 203 south of Carnation in January 2011.
Along with Rhynalds family and those of other fallen WSDOT workers, the event featured WSDOT Executives, guests from the Washington State Patrol, Associated General Contractors of Washington, Federal Highways Administration, Contractor CH2MHill and Washington State Federation of State Employees.
We offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to all the workers who live their lives, serving others.
Both the WSFSE and members of the Professional and Technical Employees (PTE), Local 17, showed their support to WSDOT’s fallen workers by donating to WSDOT Memorial Foundation. Memorial Foundation President Bill Ford accepted the donations, speaking of how others can help carry on the memory of fallen workers and support their families in times of need.
Chris Christopher, WSDOT’s director of maintenance operations gave an update on the monument to the WSDOT Workforce, announcing WSDOT received building approval from General Administration. Christopher said this means WSDOT could break ground in spring 2012.
National Work Zone Safety Awareness kicks off April 4. Please take time to check out the WSDOT Go Orange for Work Zone Safety website. See how WSDOT employees, companies and agencies posted creative photos in 2010, then add your own for 2011.
Since 1950, 59 Washington State Department of Transportation employees have lost their lives in work zone-related activities.