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Local Transit Union Honors Metro Crash Victims

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By Elliott Francis

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, the union which represents Metro transit workers, are hoping for a safer year on the job.

They continued that effort during a memorial vigil to honor the memory of 6 Metro workers who died on the job this past year.

That figure includes the train operator killed last June, in the crash of a Metro Red line train.

Within the crowd of 200 at a vigil held in Prince George's County, are many family members of Jeanice McMillian, the train operator killed in last years red line crash. Most have traveled here from her hometown of Buffalo New York. They've gathered around her 20-year old son Jordan McMillan, who says he is touched by the public support for his mother.

"It means a lot to me. It shows how everyone cared about my mom. It makes me feel better about the situation to see she was loved."

McMillian, who investigators say tried to stop that train one year ago, is a hero to her cousin Donald Spencer Jr.

"She saved many lives. There could have been a lot more lives lost if she didn't do what she did. So for folks to recognize her like this I'm very proud of her."

In the history of the union, 14 transit union members have died on the job.

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