ARTBA Announces College Aid to Children of Fallen Highway Workers

Mon August 06, 2007 - National Edition
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The children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job will receive financial assistance in their pursuit of higher education in the form of scholarships, announced the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF).

Students from Michigan, New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana have been named 2007 recipients of the ARTBA-TDF’s Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship. The program was established in 1999 with a gift to the Foundation from two Roanoke, Va., highway contractors and their companies — Stan Lanford of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford of Adams Construction Company. Both men are former ARTBA chairmen.

More than 1,000 people — including more than 100 highway workers — are killed every year in roadway construction work zone accidents. An additional 40,000 people were injured at these sites.

The 2007 ARTBA-TDF Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship recipients are:

• Carter Bundy, Flushing, Mich.

Carter’s father, Dennis Bundy, an employee of the Genesee County Road Commission, was killed in June 2006 while working on a highway survey project. Carter is a student at Michigan State University in East Lansing, and is pursuing a degree in economics and law.

• Nicole Rumley, Marilla, N.Y.

Nicole’s father, Thomas Rumley, was injured in an accident and permanently disabled while working for West Seneca, N.Y.-based ABC Paving/ERSC on behalf of the International Union of Operating Engineers LU17. Nicole is a sophomore studying French/Spanish at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

• Lily Beth Parsons, Sandyville, W.Va.

Lily Beth’s father, Douglas Parsons, was killed in an accident while working for the West Virginia Department of Highways. Lily Beth attends the University of West Virginia in Morgantown and is studying to become a nurse.

• William “Brandon” Rice, Centerville, Ind.

Brandon’s father, Willie Rice, Jr., was disabled in a 2002 accident while working for a local contractor, Atlas Excavating, located in West Lafayette, Ind. Brandon is attending Purdue University in West Lafayette and is studying to become a veterinarian.

• Loria Wright, St. Louisville, Ohio

Loria’s father, Steven W. Wright, was killed last Christmas Eve while working for the Ohio Department of Transportation. Loria is attending DeVry University in Columbus, Ohio. She is majoring in electronic engineering and biomedical engineering.

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