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Posted at 5:50 PM ET, 01/28/2011

Metro plans memorial for fallen

By Ann Scott Tyson

Metro employees who lost their lives "in the line of duty" over the 35-year history of the transit agency are to be honored on Monday, when Metro plans to unveil a memorial pylon dedicated to the employees at Metro Center Station, according to Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11:45 a.m., and families of the employees have been invited to attend, Farbstein said. She declined to provide the number of employees who lost their lives, but said their names would be on the pylon.

Two of those late employees, automatic train control technicians Jeff Garrard and Sung Duk Oh, were killed in an accident a year ago this week when a three-ton truck moving backwards hit them on the tracks near Rockville Station.

By Ann Scott Tyson  | January 28, 2011; 5:50 PM ET
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Not to be snarky or anything but what about the passengers that have been killed over the years? Is the loss of their lives any less tragic than the loss of an employees life?

Posted by: Razor04 | January 28, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

@Razor04: I'll play devil's advocate. What about civilians killed in the line of fire during police actions, that result in the death of a peace officer?

Shouldn't all slain civilians be paid tribute at every single police memorial as well?

Posted by: JHopper2 | January 29, 2011 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I've seen them installing this over the last few months...I thought it was a new light pole, since it looks just like them.

Good for Metro for honoring its fallen. It has many, MANY problems, but this is one thing at least that it has gotten right.

Posted by: gewaldron | January 29, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I find it relevant that even in the honoring of employees killed, many because of the lack of "safety culture" at WMATA, the official spokesperson is coy about the total number of dead. Has anyone followed her implied suggestion -- just come on down and count 'em yourself?

[snark warning] I will not ask the question, "Is it because she can't count that high?"

Posted by: fred7281t | January 30, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

When it said "fallen" I perhaps unreasonably assumed they meant those who fell on the tracks and died. Yes, a memorial should honor passengers who died too. In my opinion, those who are proven who have died wrongfully at the trigger fingers of the police should be honored at their memorials, their names higher than that of any cop.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 31, 2011 1:21 AM | Report abuse

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