In the Line of Duty: Glen "Skip" York II

Glen A. "Skip" York, II, a member of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 811, was killed in a remote control switching accident in the Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard in Clovis, N.M., on September 2.

Brother York, 26, joined BLET Division 811 in Clovis on April 1, 2004, following in the footsteps of his father, Glen A. York, who also belongs to Division 811.

Brother York and another BLET member were wearing Belt Packs and working as Remote Control Operators in the BNSF yard when the accident happened. Investigators from the BLET Safety Task Force, National Transportation Safety Board, UTU, and the Federal Railroad Administration are still trying to determine what happened.

On behalf of all the men and women of the BLET, National President Don Hahs gave his most sincere condolences to the York family and to the entire railroad family in the Clovis area.

"It is a tragedy that a man so young should be taken from us," President Hahs said. "I offer my heartfelt condolences to the York family."

Michael Lee, Legislative Representative of BLET Division 811, extended sympathy on behalf of all BLET members in the Clovis area. He said Brother York was a hardworking, professional railroader who will be missed by his friends and coworkers.

"All of our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time," he said. "We're 220 members strong and Skip had a lot of friends here. It's a real sad situation."

President Hahs ordered the flag over BLET headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, to be flown at half-mast in honor of Brother York and all other BLET members who lost their lives in the line of duty.

"Brother York is the seventh BLET member lost in the line of duty this year," National President Hahs said. "In our prayers we still remember Mike Rogers, Jeff C. York, Anthony C. Rodella, Jeffrey S. Bohler, Dennis Vinson and Heath Pape."



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