Fallen Mn/DOT workers honored in Mankato

11:49 PM, Apr 28, 2011   |    comments
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Mn/DOT workers who have died while on duty were honored at the annual Workers Memorial Day Thursday.

The latest victim is 39-year-old Mike Struck. He died this past March when floodwaters pulled his backhoe into the Minnesota River.

"When I see the Mn/DOT trucks, I visualize him in those trucks, realizing how much he liked his job, and how good he was at it," Denise Struck said. 

Governor Mark Dayton presented the Struck family with a framed flag.

"No one should have to pay for a career in public service with their lives," Dayton said. "They are true Minnesota heroes, true American heroes, Mike Struck and Darrell Blackwell.

Blackwell died on the job in 2006.

Since 1960, 33 Mn/DOT workers and 13 contractors have been killed on the job. 

"The service that Mike, Darrell and the others represented, sometimes give the ultimate price so we can drive safe with our families," U.S. Representative Tim Walz said. 

Struck spent nine years at Mn/DOT. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

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