SEATTLE — Dozens of construction workers gathered Wednesday at the site of a deadly crane collapse in downtown Seattle to pay tribute to the four people killed.
Jimmy Hester, a Local 32 plumber and pipefitter, was one of the workers who gathered at the intersection of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue N. during the lunch hour to reflect on what happened last weekend.
“Sadness,” Hester said as he summed up the mood. “What could we do better on the next one?”
“As soon as I saw the news feed on Saturday my heart just dropped,” Hester said.
The procession of workers marched to the median just steps from where the crane crashed down. The workers laid a metal cross with hardhats fastened to it at the site to honor Yoder and Corbet.
Both Yoder and Corbet were U.S. Marine veterans. Other workers in the gathering who served in the military left small American flags at the site for their fallen brothers.
As the lunch hour drew to a close, those gathered wiped away tears, said one last prayer, and went back to work.