Washington County rededicates memorial wall for employees
Employees have rededicated a wall bearing the names of 54 employees who died in the service of Washington County.
The wall is on the west side of the Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building, newly retrofitted to make it earthquake resistant, in the county government complex in downtown Hillsboro.
Cheryl Vandlac has worked for the county for more than four decades, currently as the administrative manager for the Juvenile Department. She presided over the 20-minute ceremony on Friday, Sept. 13, which took place ahead of the retrofit dedication.
"I counted them and I have known 26 of the 54," she said.
One who was special to Vandlac was coworker Laurie Rice, who died in 2008, and whose name is on the wall.
"She left an incredible legacy at the Juvenile Department," Vandlac said. "She is greatly missed, as are all the employees whose names are inscribed on this sacred wall."
A county spokesman, Philip Bransford, said employees' families can decide voluntarily to have their names inscribed on the wall. The wall was originally installed when the Public Services Building opened in 1990, but the retrofit work required the wall to be moved several feet farther from the building.
Debby Jones performed "It Goes So Fast," and three other employees read poems. Chrystella Byers read "Death Is Nothing at All," by Henry Scott Holland; Margaret Garza read "Instructions," by Arnold Crompton, and Julie McCloud read "When Great Trees Fall," by Maya Angelou.
Family members and friends concluded the ceremony by placing red roses at the base of the new wall.
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