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March/April 1998
Vol. 61· No. 5

We Remember

The Federal Highway Administration employees who died as a result of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City April 19, 1995.

Lucio Aleman Jr., 33, from the Technical Operations Staff, Oklahoma Division. Lucio began his career with FHWA in 1989 as a highway engineer trainee in the Highway Engineer Training Program. Upon his successful completion of the program, he moved to Oklahoma City where he served as the safety program engineer from February 1994.

Mark A. Bolte, 28, from the Technical Operations Staff, Oklahoma Division. Mark began his career with FHWA in 1991 as a highway engineer trainee in the Highway Engineer Training Program. After successfully completing the program, he worked in Austin, Texas, before joining the Oklahoma Division staff in January 1995.

Michael J. Carrillo, 44, from the Office of Motor Carrier Safety, Oklahoma Division. Michael served FHWA for 15 years and, from 1992, was the state director for the Oklahoma Office of Motor Carrier Safety. Before joining the Oklahoma office, Michael worked as a highway safety specialist in North Carolina and Iowa. He served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army for a total of eight years.

Larry L. Jones, 46, from the Technical Operations Staff, Oklahoma Division. Larry began working with FHWA in 1992 when he was appointed as a computer specialist in the Oklahoma Division. Previously, he served two separate 10-year tours of duty in the U.S. Air Force and also worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller.

James K. Martin, 34, from the Field Operations Staff, Oklahoma Division. James began his career with FHWA in 1990 as a highway engineer trainee in the Highway Engineer Training Program. After successfully completing the program, he worked in the Minnesota Division before coming to the Oklahoma Division in February 1995.

Jerry L. Parker, 45, from the Field Operations Staff, Oklahoma Division. Jerry served FHWA for more than 20 years in the Kansas, Texas, North Dakota, and Oklahoma Divisions.

Michelle A. Reeder, 33, from the Administrative Staff, Oklahoma Division. Michelle was with FHWA for approximately eight months as an office automation assistant. Before coming to FHWA, she worked for the Department of the Navy.

Ricky L. Tomlin, 46, from the Office of Motor Carriers, Oklahoma Division. Ricky joined FHWA in May 1987 as a highway safety specialist trainee in the Motor Carrier Safety Program. He worked as a specialist in Raleigh, N.C., before moving to Oklahoma City.

Johnny A. Wade, 42, from the Planning and Research Staff, Oklahoma Division. Johnny served the federal government for 20 years, 16 of which were with FHWA. Prior to joining the Oklahoma Division in 1991 as a field operations engineer, he worked in the Arkansas, Texas, and Maryland Divisions.

Ronota A. Woodbridge, 31, from the Technical Operations Staff, Oklahoma Division. Ronota began her career with FHWA in the Oklahoma Division in 1990.

John Youngblood, 52, from the Office of Motor Carriers, Oklahoma Division. John began his career with the Department of Transportation in 1980 as an FHWA highway safety specialist. He served FHWA in New Mexico, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, and he also worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and the Research and Special Programs Administration. At RSPA, he was an instructor at the Transportation Safety Institute from 1989 to March 1995, when he transferred back to the Oklahoma Division. John was critically injured in the bombing and passed away May 12.

On Oct. 11, 1995, a memorial marker and a grove of 11 Oklahoma redbud trees were dedicated at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Va., by then Federal Highway Administrator Rodney E. Slater. The 11 trees symbolize the pledge to perpetually remember the 11 FHWA employees who lost their lives in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.

"We will not let the memory of the horror of their deaths supplant our memory of the joy they brought to our lives," said Slater. "Not only will these living trees remind us of their vitality and strength, but the beauty of these trees, particularly each April when the rosy pink blossoms appear, will remind us of the many ways in which they enriched our lives and contributed to our shared goals. ... Indeed, we remember, and we are grateful for the opportunity to have known these 11 people and to have counted them among our colleagues and our friends. They live on in our hearts and our memories."

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Oklahoma (FEEA/FHWA-Oklahoma) fund was established after the bombing to provide emergency financial assistance and to serve as a long-term source for financing the education of dependents. With this year's Combined Federal Campaign contribution of $21,000 (up from $6,000 last year), the current balance of the fund is $66,000. All family needs to date have been met; however, the children will have a continuing need until 2018 when the last child graduates. Individual donations may be made to: FEEA/FHWA-Oklahoma Fund, 8441 W. Bowles Ave., Suite 200, Littleton, CO 80123. Checks should be made payable to the FEEA/FHWA-Oklahoma Fund.

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