|ONLINE VERSION||SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2001|
|Letters to the Editor|
|In the early hours of August 1, BMWE member
Dave Williams, Willie as he is called by his coworkers and friends,
was struck by a northbound passenger train traveling over 100 mph. The
accident took place on Amtrakís main line, just north of Wilmington,
Delaware. Willie has worked on the Northeast Corridor for over 24
years and is a member of Local 3075 in Baltimore, Maryland. The
details surrounding the accident are sketchy, but one thing for
certain is that Willie will endure a lengthy recovery period as a
result of this accident. Unfortunately, he lost an arm and sustained a
fractured skull and many serious lacerations, but miraculously his
life was spared. The members of the gang he worked with did a superb
job in administering first aid at the scene, which was attributed to
saving Willieís life.
A fund has been set up to help Willie and his family. Contributions from local lodges and individuals are welcome and would be greatly appreciated by Willie and his family. Please send contributions to:
On a good day the railroad industry is a dangerous place to earn a living, even with all the safety rules, safety committees and regulations. And on a bad day it can be a deadly place to work. Richie Hutchison, a member of Local 3095 in Wilmington, Delaware, lost his life on August 16 while working on a piece of M/W equipment in Amtrakís Roadway Equipment Shop in Wilmington, DE. He was working on a Rail Stretcher, when it fell from where it had been lifted and crushed him. His coworkers kept their composure and acted immediately to free him and administer first aid, but despite their gallant efforts, Richie did not survive. Richie was 58 years old and had worked for 13 years as a M/W repairman. Richie will be sadly missed by his BMWE brothers and sisters, friends and coworkers. He is survived by his wife, three sons and eight grandchildren. Please keep Richie and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Railroad Widow - Weekend Wife
This is my story
Iím a railroad widow
Every week he leaves me
I donít mean to complain
So Iím a railroad widow
Hereís to all you widows
It does get pretty lonely
Every week the same old thing,
I know the risks and dangers
This job is his choosing
Written by Debora I. Mathes, Ft. Madison, Iowa, and submitted by Johnny Oeth, III
To all my friends:
If you will take the time to read these, I promise youíll come away with an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis! Theyíre written by Andy Rooney, a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy.
Iíve learned ... that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
Iíve learned ... that when youíre in love, it shows.
Iíve learned ... that just one person saying to me, "Youíve made my day!" makes my day.
Iíve learned ...that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
Iíve learned ... that being kind is more important than being right.
Iíve learned ... that you should never say no to a gift from a child.
Iíve learned ... that I can always pray for someone when I donít have the strength to help him in some other way.
Iíve learned ... that no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
Iíve learned ... that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
Iíve learned ... that simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
Iíve learned ... that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
Iíve learned ... that we should be glad God doesnít give us everything we ask for.
Iíve learned ... that money doesnít buy class.
Iíve learned ... that itís those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
Iíve learned ... that under everyoneís hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
Iíve learned ... that the Lord didnít do it all in one day, what makes me think I can?
Iíve learned ... that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
Iíve learned ... that when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
Iíve learned ... that love, not time, heals all wounds.
Iíve learned ... that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
Iíve learned ... that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
Iíve learned ... that thereís nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks.
Iíve learned ... that no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
Iíve learned ... that life is tough, but Iím tougher.
Iíve learned ... that opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
Iíve learned ... that when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
Iíve learned ... that I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
Iíve learned ... that one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
Iíve learned ... that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
Iíve learned ... that I canít choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.
Iíve learned ... that when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that youíre hooked for life.
Iíve learned ... that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while youíre climbing it.
Iíve learned ... that it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life threatening situation.
Iíve learned ... that the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
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