Thursday, April 25, 2013

Flags Lowered for Two of Caltrans Fallen Family Members

Today flags at the Caltrans District 7 District Office were lowered in honor of two of Caltrans fallen family members.

Shawn Baker, 50, of Weed, and Joseph “Robert” Jones, 40, of Montague, died yesterday during a rock scaling operation to stabilize a slope on Highway 96, west of Yreka, in Northern California.

Baker was a 12-year veteran of the department and Jones worked for Caltrans for seven years.  Kevin Skillen, a Caltrans equipment operator, is being treated for injuries at a Medford, OR area hospital. 

Baker is survived by his wife, Tammie, and four children, Quinton, Weston, Mariah and Hilary.  Jones is survived by his wife, Shannon, his mother, Marty Mangrum, and three children, Michael, Daryl and Stephen.

Statewide, 180 Caltrans employees have been killed while on the job.  District 7 has lost 32 employees. 

In honor of Baker and Jones, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.