The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 28, 2011
Fallen Caltrans workers remembered at Capitol ceremony

110428 memorial.JPGMore than 1,000 people have gathered at the Capitol this morning to remember Caltrans workers who have died in the line of duty.

Caltrans roadwork jobs are among the most dangerous in state government. In the past 87 years, 175 Caltrans workers have died in the line of duty, most after being hit by inattentive or reckless drivers.

The somber proceedings, emceed by Sacramento TV personality Beth Ruyak, opened with a bagpipe dirge and a singing of the national anthem. A stretch of street on the Capitol's west side is closed to accommodate dozens of Caltrans vehicles parked there as part of the tribute to fallen employees. This is the 21st year for the memorial ceremony.

PHOTO: Caltrans vehicles fill 10th Street on the west border of Capitol Park during a memorial for department employees who died in the line of service. Jon Ortiz / Sacramento Bee

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