BLET mourns delegate killed traveling to convention

More than $33,000 was raised for the family of Eddie Sanchez during the BLET's First Quadrennial Convention in Las Vegas from June 19-21, 2006.

Individual delegates, General Committees, State Legislative Boards, Divisions, and the BLET National Division all pitched in to help out the family of Brother Sanchez, the delegate from BLET Division 134 (Winslow, Ariz.), who was killed in a tragic automobile accident on the way to Las Vegas for the convention.

Brother Sanchez, 54, was in his second term of office as Local Chairman of Division 134. He was a locomotive engineer on the former Santa Fe lines for the past 33 years and has been a member of the BLET since June 1, 1975. He is survived by his wife, four children, and two grandchildren.

General Chairman Bill Hannah got the ball rolling during the convention when his committee (Union Pacific-Western Lines) pledged $500 to the Sanchez family and challenged others to meet that challenge. What followed was a heart-felt succession of General Committees, State Legislative Boards and Divisions who all pledged to accept Brother Hannah's challenge.

BLET President Don Hahs also pledged $1,000 from the National Division.

Roland Kleinsorge, Secretary-Treasurer of the BNSF/Santa Fe General Committee, has been collecting the pledges in order to donate them to Mrs. Sanchez. He asks that all General Committees, State Legislative Boards, and Divisions who pledged contributions to the Sanchez family but have not yet sent him their checks to please do so as soon as possible. His committee has not yet given the money to Mrs. Sanchez so that it can be transferred in one lump sum.

Please make checks payable to "BLET BNSF/Santa Fe GCA" and send to:



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