BLE member hurt in Afghanistan

Scott A. Barkalow, a CSXT locomotive engineer and member of BLE Division 41 (Nashville), is recovering after being seriously injured on February 19 while serving his country in Afghanistan.

Brother Barkalow, 40, is a Sergeant First Class with the Army National Guard. He joined the BLE on April 6, 1999. He sustained the injury when his truck tripped a land mine near his unit's location He has been transferred stateside to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he is undergoing treatment for pain and infection associated with the amputation of his right leg.

If you are a CSX employee, then you can donate a personal leave day to Brother Barkalow by calling Trainmaster Rick Mash at (615) 664-2801 or Jim Baker (615) 664-2765. When calling, please leave your ID number and how many days you wish to donate.

Members may also donate personal leave days by e-mailing Mike Pulley, Local Chairman of BLE Division 41, at: <>.

Notes of encouragement and support can be sent to his hospital address:

Walter Reed Army Hospital
Ward 57, Room 12-1
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20307

Monetary donations can be sent to:


Scott A. Barkalow
C/O The Dixie Line Credit Union
567 Veritas Avenue
Nashville, TN 37211



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