August 2007

Most people complain about their jobs. I’ve been known to do that occasionally over the years I’ve been working.

The majority of my protests has been founded in stress, that slow killer that raises heart rates, cholesterol levels and sundry other symptoms, doctors say. Complaints, often expressed with humor, have always made me feel like I’m chasing away the pressure, nervousness and apprehension like a crucifix keeps a vampire at bay.

But of all the jobs I’ve had in my life I’ve never had one that could cost me mine while on the job, and for the second time in three months I was reminded that whatever trivial temporary problem I have at work pales with the real danger you face each day.

Donald Ransom, 51, a 28-year veteran of the Syracuse Department of Public Works, was killed on the job June 18 when, according to police, a colleague backed up and struck him with a dump truck. The police have attributed the accident to a non-functioning back-up alarm on the truck.

Mr. Ransom was much loved and respected in his department and in the community as well. “Handsome” Ransom (as he was known by some) also was a talented keyboardist for a local band called “After-FX.”

We at Superintendent’s Profile extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Ransom’s colleagues, friends and family.

On a much lighter note, we hope, plans are well under way for the annual New York State Highway & Public Works Expo Oct. 17 in Syracuse. Look for updates in the September and October issues. We look forward to seeing all of you again at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Take care. P

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