County’s Fallen Workers Honored In Frewsburg

FREWSBURG – The lives of 140 Chautauqua County residents who never came home from work were remembered by those left behind.

On Saturday, the Chautauqua County Workers’ Memorial Committee hosted its 14th annual Workers’ Memorial Day at Frewsburg’s Erlandson Overview Park.

Workers’ Memorial Day is a day of remembering all of the men and women from Chautauqua County who have been killed on the job, in the line of duty or died from job-related causes. Dozens of area residents and legislators attended the service, which saw the addition of two more names to the list -James Hall and Michael Travis, both of whom died in farming accidents last May.

Several speakers were featured at the event, including: Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County executive; Dave Wilkinson, president of the Jamestown Area Labor Council; Lori Cornell, who read a message from Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Richard Vanhise, chairman of Chautauqua County parks; state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean; state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown; and Jacqueline Chiarot, Jamestown representative of Congressman Tom Reed.

The Workers’ Memorial List, including all 140 names of those who have died on the job, was read by Dave Painter and Don Earhardt. A wreath was placed at the foot of the memorial site’s flagpole by George Spitale, of the Jamestown Central Labor Council, and Hank Hoisington, vice president of the Dunkirk Central Labor Council.

The ceremony was commenced with a color guard presentation by the Jamestown Vietnam Veterans of America 865.

The mission statement of the Chautauqua County Workers’ Memorial is “to help facilitate an annual Workers’ Memorial Day program, help build and maintain a Workers’ Memorial Site for all employees killed or injured in Chautauqua County, and to continue to ‘fight for the living’ in all areas of worker safety, health, protection and workers’ rights.”