Kansas City, Mo. (May 22, 2013) – Last week, KCP&L held its annual Employee Memorial Service honoring employees who made the ultimate sacrifice. The KCP&L Employees’ Memorial, erected by employees in 1992, is “dedicated to past and present employees of Kansas City Power & Light who have provided electrical service to greater Kansas City, and in recognition of employees who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” as the memorial inscription reads.
Tim Jones a construction and maintenance supervisor has worked for KCP&L for over 20 years and knows all too well the dangers of this profession. “When you lose a co-worker in a situation like this it really puts things into perspective,” said Jones. “We will never forget our friends and co-workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.”
The ceremony included musical tributes, the reading of the inscribed names and a wreath laying by KCP&L’s color guard. KCP&L is proud to be one of the few companies that has its own color guard.
Family members of those who have lost their lives are invited each year to attend the ceremony. The family of Mickey Williams, one of the memorialized employees, described how much this ceremony means to them. “I have been to this event every year since it started in 2004,” said Doris Williams, Mickey’s mother. “This memorial gives me and my family a unique opportunity to honor my son. It’s especially meaningful to honor him at KCP&L, a place he loved working .”
Each year KCP&L partners with its local bargaining units of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to plan the ceremony. “This memorial service is time for us to gather as a KCP&L family to pay our respects to the men and women of KCP&L who lost their lives in the line of duty,” said Terry Bassham, president and CEO of KCP&L. “Every day our employees risk their lives in order to provide our community with electricity and I consider it a privilege and honor to work with the best employees around.” –Submitted.