2018-05-24 / Front Page

PennDOT Memorial Comes To Fulton County

By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


In an effort to raise road-worker awareness, PennDOT shares a moving memorial with Fulton, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon and Somerset counties at the Fulton County PennDOT office. In an effort to raise road-worker awareness, PennDOT shares a moving memorial with Fulton, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon and Somerset counties at the Fulton County PennDOT office. Raising awareness for those that have lost their lives in work zones, PennDOT’s moving memorial serves as a wake-up call to motorists in District 9-0 counties. The memorial, created in 2000, represents 88 PennDOT workers who have lost their lives while servicing the commonwealth since 1970.

The memorial was placed at the Fulton County PennDOT office located at 22907 Great Cove Road for a short time but has now moved on to Bedford County. Its design features a cross that is draped with an orange safety vest. Perched atop the cross is a hard hat. A plaque identifying each person who has lost their life is propped up at the bottom.

The hope of the memorial is to remind motorists of the importance of safety when traveling through work zones. According to Anthony Scalia, PennDOT’s safety press officer, “If motorists slow down and pay attention in work zones, we would all be safer. Everyone wants to go home to their families at the end of the day, motorists and workers alike.”

The most recent named added to the memorial was earlier this year. On Feb. 17, maintenance foreman Robert E. Genismore lost his life while setting out flares in a snowstorm to alert motorists of a crash that had just taken place on Interstate 99 in Blair County.

The memorial has been or will be shared with Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, Fulton and Somerset.

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