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UA Local 669 Loses Member Who Was First Responder in West, TX Explosion

Sad news came down labor’s mountain this morning when the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO announced the death of United Association (UA) Local 669 member Morris Bridges in a statement by President Sean McGarvey. Bridges, a sprinklerfitter, was a volunteer first responder on the scene of the horrifying West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion:

“While others were evacuating West, Texas after the horrific blast at the fertilizer plant, Brother Bridges and his fellow first responders went straight into the fires to save any survivors. Little did he know that his own wife and child were hospitalized in that blast. He simply answered the call of duty.

Morris Bridges was a member of UA Local 669. The local’s motto is: ‘Safe, Proud, Dependable.’ That is an apt description for the hero that Morris Bridges truly was. And his bravery, which was acknowledged by President Obama yesterday, will never be forgotten by his local union, and by his Building Trades brothers and sisters everywhere.”

According to UA Local 669 Business Manager John Bodine, Sr. “Business Agent Chris Luce has offered to collect donations at the address below for Brother Bridges family.”

Chris Luce
PO Box #669
Joshua, Texas 76058


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