In The Line of Duty: E.M. "Mike" Rogers
E.M. "Mike" Rogers, a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, was killed in a head-on train crash near Gunter, Texas, on May 19.
The cause of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe accident is still under investigation. Four other crew members were injured in the crash, tentatively identified as S.R. "Steve" Waddle, a member of BLET Division 604 (Sherman, Texas), C.G. Smith, J.C. Peacock, and Ron Richardson.
Brother Rogers, 49, was a member of BLET Division 172 in Fort Worth, Texas. He first joined the Brotherhood on April 1, 1998.
Jeff Thurman, Local Chairman of Division 172, said Brother Rogers was a hard working, dedicated member who will be missed by everyone who worked with him. Brother Rogers is survived by three children, sons Michael Terrell (Pye), Michael Clay Rogers, and daughter Rasheldra Rogers.
Rogers is the fourth member of the Brotherhood to lose his life in an on the job accident in 2004. Brother Jeff C. York, 35, was killed in a Norfolk Southern switching accident in Elwood, Ind., on May 18. Brother York belonged to BLET Division 106 in Muncie, Ind. On February 21, Anthony C. Rodella, 57, and Jeffrey S. Bohler, 32, were killed in a collision of two Union Pacific trains in Carrizozo, N.M. Both Brothers belonged to Division 192 in El Paso, Texas.
National President Don Hahs extended deepest sympathy to the Rogers family on behalf of the 50,000 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He ordered the flag at National Division headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, to be flown at half-mast in honor our Brother who lost his life in the line of duty.
A funeral service was held on May 26 in Omaha, Neb., at the Salem Baptist Church.
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