Kansas City, Mo. (May 23, 2014) – This week, Kansas City Power & Light (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 KCP&L 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 more than 20 years, knows all too well the dangers of this profession. “You have to trust the person standing on the line next to you with your life,” said Jones. “We are a family at KCP&L and 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 few companies that have its own employee formed 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. “He was a part of the KCP&L family and he loved his work. This service is the highlight of the year for us to be able to remember our son,” said Doris Williams, mother of Mickey Williams. “Mickey left us with two amazing grandchildren who helped fill a void in our lives when we lost our son but this ceremony also helps us fill that same void. We look forward to it each year.”
Each year KCP&L partners with its local bargaining units of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to plan the ceremony. “This event is important to both our company and our employees so we can pay our respects to those who have died in service to our company,” said Terry Bassham, president and CEO of KCP&L. “This memorial service allow us to gather as a KCP&L family to remember those we have lost and to honor their memory.”
In the photos: The KCP&L honor guard lineup in preparation for the start of the annual Employee Memorial Service. (Photo credit: KCP&L)
Family, friends and employees gather to honor lives lost in the line of duty during the annual KCP&L Employee Memorial Service. (Photo credit: KCP&L)
An attendee places his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem at the annual KCP&L Employee Memorial Service. (Photo credit: KCP&L)