OUR VIEW: Honor those in dangerous jobs (pledge support)

WAYNE LAUGESEN Updated: February 25, 2011 at 12:00 am • Published: February 25, 2011

The entire community mourns this week for the father, husband and Iraq war veteran who was killed when trying to do his job Wednesday.

Allen Rose was attempting to tow a sport utility vehicle when a woman drove it away, unspooling the tow cable from the tow truck.

Rose, 35, chased after the truck on foot and ended up tangled in the cable. He was dragged for more than a mile to his death.

Pray for this man, his friends and his family. The entire community should look for ways to help support the man’s wife and children as they work through their unfathomable loss.

The horrible imagery this has implanted in our heads should remind us all to give thanks for the countless people in our lives who do extremely dangerous but seemingly ordinary jobs that are thankless.

We rightly celebrate soldiers, firefighters, athletes and top CEOs. We award professionals incessantly for doing their jobs.

We seldom think about those who do the 10 most dangerous jobs in the country: Fishers, loggers, pilots, farmers, roofers, iron workers, garbage collectors, machinery workers, drivers

truck drivers and construction workers. We see them every day, but they often become almost invisible despite the crucial services they provide.

As a driver, Rose was involved in dangerous, thankless work that must get done. He was in danger in Iraq, but it’s the other job that killed him. We need tow truck drivers, yet they receive our attention only after they die.

Today, while mourning this event, try to give thanks for the workers who risk their lives each day to make sure your life goes on.

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MEMORIAL FUND

The Allen Rose Memorial Fund to help his wife and two children has been established at Key Bank, 3085 S. Academy Blvd. Donations can be made at any Key Bank (SEE LOCATIONS HERE). Please donate generously.

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