Dozens of people in Rockford remember loved ones who lost their lives at work.
Since 1946, more than 110 Rockford area union workers died on the job. The service at the Zeke Giorgi Memorial Center has been around for the last 23 years. It gives friends and family members a time to grieve together. Nancy Reynolds lost her husband more than a decade ago. She says the service helps not only remember him, but raise awareness of workplace deaths.
"We want to just strive to make sure that all the jobs sites are safe and that no one has to go through what I went through. That once you kiss your husband or your wife goodbye in the morning, you want to make sure that they come home to you that night. You want safety in the workplace." -she explains.
60 Rockford area workers have lost their lives on the job since the memorial started in 1990. Two of those are new names that have been added to the list in the past year. George Stewart, an electrician by trade and IBEW Local 364 member, was electrocuted while doing wire work at Rockford's Lowes Distribution Center back in January. Former Sundstrand employee, UAW Local 592 President and Winnebago County Board Member Melvin Paris died in March.
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