John P. Allman.
If the name doesn't ring a bell, don’t worry. You probably didn't know him. He was the first recorded highway worker to die in a work zone. The date was July 28, 1932. He was the first to fall, but he would not be the last.
Since the day Allman lost his life, 130 other MoDOT workers have died while doing their jobs on Missouri’s transportation system. I personally knew some of the folks we honor. Their families are still connected to the MoDOT family and come to the events we have like this. I hope that in the future we won’t personally know any of the folks we honor.
Next Thursday, Sept. 18, we will observe our second annual MoDOT Day of Remembrance, and take a few moments to honor the memory of our 131 fallen co-workers.
I invite Central Office employees to assemble at the Fallen Workers Memorial. The ceremony will begin at 1:31 p.m. Districts will also hold individuals ceremonies on that time, so anyone who can, should attend their local ceremony.
Another way you can show your support is to wear orange clothing or any clothing with a MoDOT logo. No matter how you participate, please take a moment at 1:31 p.m. -- or anytime that day -- to remember those we have lost.