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Memorial honors fallen workers

Updated: Monday, April 28 2014, 05:49 PM EDT

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WEIRTON, W.Va. -- Family and friends gathered at the Weirton Steel Memorial on Monday to remember loved ones who lost their lives while on the job.
Lindsey Clifton told a crowd of people how hard it is to go through life without having her dad a part of it.
Her father, Marvin Clifton tragically died after he was hit by a railroad car that left the tracks in 1999.
"He never got to see any of his children graduate or walk down the aisle; none of his grandchildren ever got a chance to meet him," Clifton said.
While he was the last man to die at the mill, others can't help but to remember the men who died before him.
"My father was killed in the mill June the 5th, 1982," said Linda Cline. "It will be 32 years this June. He was killed while working in the tin mill."
Hundreds of people who lost their lives at the mill were remembered at the memorial service.
As the names of the fallen were read, tears filled the eyes of family members and steel workers.
"It is touching for all of us because one of the names that were read died in the substation that I worked in, and I wasn't there that day but I've heard the stories," said Robert Macek.
More than 100 steel workers have their names listed on the memorial wall.
Union Safety Coordinator Mike Jacobs said he has worked hard to make sure the working environment is safe.
"I can't help to get emotional; I've worked here 45 years," Jacobs said. "A lot of names on that monument, I worked with. I  was there. You can remember what happened the day they got killed. It breaks your heart what was missed by the families. I'm so appreciate when families come up and talk about the loss about the individuals. I try to get families and put a face on that name. It's really an emotional thing for me, and that's why it really drives me because I want to make sure that they know that they can come here every year."
Cline appreciates the memorial.
"I'm very thankful for the Union and ArcelorMittal and everybody, City of Weirton that puts on this memorial," Cline said. "My family and I come to this service every year to remember my dad. I mean it's been a long time  ago; he missed out on a lot of our lives. There were five of us children, and everybody that can come, comes. It's just a tribute to be here and to be part of this service."
Two memorial benches were unveiled Monday at the Memorial Park. They were added at the park next to the wall.

Memorial honors fallen workers


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