BLET receives a heartfelt 'thank you' from the family of Eddie Sanchez
BLET National Division President Don Hahs received a letter from the widow of Eddie Sanchez, thanking BLET members for their generous donations in memory her late husband.
Brother Sanchez was killed in a tragic automobile accident as he traveled to represent Division 134 (Winslow, Ariz.) as a delegate at the BLET's First Quadrennial Convention in Las Vegas.
After learning of the tragedy, individual delegates, General Committees, State Legislative Boards, Divisions, and the BLET National Division combined to donate more than $33,000 to the Sanchez family.
The letter from Donna Sanchez and the Sanchez family was addressed to BLET officers, members, staff and delegates. The family thanked everyone in the BLET for their prayers and overwhelming generosity during the family's time of need.
Brother Sanchez, 54, is survived by his wife, Donna, four children, and two grandchildren. He was in his second term of office as Local Chairman of Division 134 at the time of the accident. 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.
In addition to the financial contributions, delegates also unanimously passed a resolution to honor the memory of Brother Sanchez with a memorial plaque to be given to the Sanchez family.
"The family of Eddie Sanchez thanks you all for your generous donations to the memory of our beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend," the letter reads. "Eddie was a dedicated BLET Division 134 member (Winslow, Arizona) who loved working with his union Brothers and Sisters. He was excited about the trip to Las Vegas to represent Division 134 at his first National Convention. His kind, gentle, and loving attitude and spirit was an asset in his work and daily live and he will be missed terribly by us all.
"We are comforted by the Convention's resolution that honors Eddie's memory as a dedicated BLET member with a memorial plaque for our family. Thank you for your prayers, cards and visits to our family."
/s/ Donna Sanchez and the Sanchez Family
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