September 25, 2014

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Kansas City Employees Honor Fallen Workers

An overcast morning echoed the solemn mood as friends, family and KC District employees gathered to honor MoDOT workers killed in the line of duty.

The somber Day of Remembrance ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 18 was held in front of the district office where everyone in attendance stood shoulder to shoulder to help mark the occasion.

It started with The Presentation of Colors from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop A. They silently and meticulously marched from the front office doors to the memorial plaque that sits underneath a swath of trees.

Twenty-one channelizers with hard hats sitting atop of them aligned the pathway of the memorial, each signifying the deaths of Kansas City area workers killed while on the job.

District Engineer Dan Niec began the ceremony with a few words, followed by The Pledge of Allegiance. District Engineer Chris Redline read the Safety Commitment, “I will make safety my highest priority and do everything within my power so everyone goes home safe every day.”

Over the years, not everyone has made it home safely. One hundred and thirty-one MoDOT workers statewide have died. To honor them on this day, each one of their names was read aloud.

One of the names, Clifton Scott is still fresh in the minds of district employees. Scott, 50 died Sept. 21, 2012 when a driver plowed into the back of his MoDOT truck while he worked a traffic accident along I-70 in Independence. Today, a portion of roadway is now named in Scott’s honor.

Scott’s family was in attendance of the ceremony. They spoke of his memory and of his legacy. They also took time to take photographs with MoDOT workers saying, “We are all family now.”

After a moment of silence, District Traffic Engineer Laurel McKean played “Amazing Grace” on the saxophone.

The ceremony concluded with hugs, handshakes and lots of cheerful laughter. See all the photos from this event on MoDOT Kansas City's flickr site.

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Employees Learn Teamwork from the Best

With a couple of well-known speakers like retired Royals second basemen Frank White and Coach Ken Carter of the movie “Coach Carter,” it’s no wonder teamwork was the theme of this year’s Kansas City District’s Diversity and Inclusion Conference held Sept. 16 in Blue Springs.

frank whiteDistrict Engineer Dan Niec kicked off the day, while Assistant District Engineer Brian Kidwell followed with an overview of the importance of teamwork at MoDOT to the approximately 200 employees of the KC District who were there to participate.

White was next with his speech, “It Takes All of Us to be a Winning Team,” which covered everything from the beginning of his professional baseball career to how he still uses many of the valuable lessons today. He encouraged all employees to take the same direction he did in baseball and be the best at whatever they do.

“If you are on the field, good things happen,” White said. “If you are in the dugout, nothing happens. Just do the job you have to do and be accountable and know your limits and strengths.” According to White, the best thing about being on a team is that no matter what your teammates are always there to “pick you up.”

Coach Carter talked about “Building a Winning Team” and focused on how playing your position consists of four main points: accountability, integrity, being a great follower and being part of the team. “We can’t all be famous for what we do, but each and every one of us can become great by what we do in service to others,” Carter said.diversity

Employees continued the day with a teamwork exercise led by Assistant District Engineer Chris Redline where everyone learned a little something new about those around them. Assistant to the District Engineer Randy Hartman closed the day with a few remarks.

“We need every one of our employees to make our team successful,” Hartman said. “Every employee has an important position to play – and if each of us comes to work each day knowing we are going to be the best at our job, accountable for what we need to do, and respectful, non-judgmental and positive with our co-workers, then I can’t imagine there isn’t anything we can’t do. What a great place to work if we know that no matter what happens, we always know someone is going to be there to “pick you up.”


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Melissa Black
Customer Relations Manager,
Missouri Department of Transportation
P: (816) 607-2027
F: (816) 365-0860

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