UTU members killed on the job in 2009
Locomotive engineer Lenard "Lenny" Eugene Noice, 59, of
Albuquerque, N.M., and a member of Local 1168 in Clovis,
died Jan. 16, 2009, in a BNSF train accident. Noice
worked for BNSF for 35 years. He is survived by his
wife, Carla, son, Lenny Noice II, a twin brother, a
sister and both parents. He was a U.S. Air Force
veteran. Lenny was a man of many talents who loved to
fly-fish and work with a wide variety of electronics.
Pacific switchman Craig Lang, 41, a member of Local 367 in
Omaha, Neb., was killed Jan. 28 in a UP yard accident in
Council Bluffs, Iowa. Investigators said Lang stepped off a
train on which he was riding and was struck by a coal train
going in the opposite direction.
Conductor Mike Wilcox, 43, a member of Local 113, Winslow,
Ariz., was killed Feb. 7 in Holbrook, Ariz., after being
struck by a passing train. He hired on at BNSF in 1998, and
is survived by his wife, Tina, and three children. Mike was
a hard-working employee and a devoted family man, active in
local youth programs, as a coach and volunteer, and an avid
outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.
Conductor Saxton Haselwood, 26, a member of Local 1227 in
Wichita, Kan., was killed Feb. 8, 2009, in a switching
accident at Union Pacific's Herrington Yard outside
Herrington, Kan. Haselwood, unmarried, was on the job just
Conductor Gregory "Greg" Blevins, 56, president of Local
1168, Clovis, N.M., and a 35-year BNSF employee, was
killed Feb. 28, 2009, in a switching accident at Yeso,
N.M. He is survived by a son, daughter, two sisters and
four grandchildren. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was
the second Local 1168 member killed in 2009, the first
being Leonard Noice on Jan. 28. Greg was a man of
infectious laughter who gave of himself in service to
others. He had an ability to brighten one's day and put
a smile on one's face. He was always very proud of his
children and grandchildren and never tired of speaking
about their accomplishments.
Conductor Jared Boehlke, 33, a member of Local 212, Albany,
N.Y., was killed May 10, 2009, in a CSX yard accident in
Selkirk, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Heather, three
year-old-daughter, mother, father and ten brothers. Jared
was a man of strong faith, an avid knife maker, and was
extremely devoted to his family and friends.
Conductor Dustin Moles, 33, a member of Local 1972,
Birmingham, Ala., was killed June 24, 2009, when the Alabama
& Tennessee River Railroad train on which he was riding
derailed while being switched into a shipper facility. He
hired on in 2005. Dustin was a police officer prior to
hiring out with the railroad.
BNSF conductor Samuel W. Lundy, 44, a 17-year member of UTU
Local 1000, Minneapolis, was killed Dec. 29 in Minneapolis
when, during a switching operation, a rail car derailed and
pinned him against a building. He is survived by his wife,
Jackie, and three children.