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sisters want tribute to fallen dpw workers
Sisters Want Tribute To Fallen DPW Workers BY LYNNE SLACK SHEDLOCK THE SUNDAY TIMES 12/07/2003 Debbie Price has vivid memories of the day in 1991 when her uncle, Richard Price, fell off a city Department of Public Works recycling truck and died. It all came rushing back to her Nov. 26 when DPW employee Gerald Malone, 50, was killed in a similar accident involving a DPW recycling truck. Now, she and her sister, Sue Price Zotynia, are working to help the Malone family and to make sure all the DPW workers who died in service to the city are not forgotten. "It's a dangerous job and no one realizes it," Ms. Price said. "When I saw (the news of Mr. Malone's death), I said, 'Not again.'" Ms. Price said her 52-year-old uncle's death was "heart-wrenching." In addition to Mr. Price and Mr. Malone, another DPW employee, Mark Krolak, 36, was hit by a truck and killed in the 500 block of Gilbert Street on Jan. 14, 1998. The two sisters decided to set up a fund to help the Malone family financially. Contributions can be made to the Gerald Malone Family Fund at First Liberty Bank at 1300 Wyoming Ave. In addition to his wife, the former Laila Yanchik, Mr. Malone left behind a young daughter, Keri. "They're not asking for it. (We're) just doing it," Ms. Price said of the fund. "They are in need." The women also are planning a candlelight vigil to remember DPW workers who lost their lives on the job Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Lackawanna County Courthouse Square. Finally, they are seeking to have a plaque with the men's names placed in the new DPW headquarters. "I want them remembered," Ms. Price said. Mayor Chris Doherty is all in favor of the idea of putting up the plaque. "It's important to remember the sacrifice that public works employees made to the city," the mayor said, calling it "an appropriate tribute." İScranton Times Tribune 2003

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