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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 1, 2013
Capitol event to recall Caltrans workers killed in line of duty

1104280-caltrans-memorial-ortiz.JPGIn the grim wake of two Caltrans employees' deaths last week, the department is holding its Annual Workers Memorial on Thursday at the California Capitol.

For the last 23 years, the event has honored Caltrans employees killed in the line of duty. Some 180 Caltrans workers have lost their lives on the job.

After nearly two years without an at-work death, two Caltrans workers, Shawn Baker, 50, of Weed, and Joseph Jones, 40, of Montague, died April 24 while stabilizing a hillside on a state route west of Yreka. A third Caltrans employee suffered moderate injuries in the same accident.

The Caltrans memorial starts at 11 a.m. on the west side of the Capitol.

PHOTO: Caltrans vehicles fill 10th Street on the west side of Capitol Park during a 2011 memorial for department employees who died in the line of service. Jon Ortiz / Sacramento Bee

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