CSEA Mourns The Loss Of Public Worker & Union Brother Jeffrey Farrell, Who Was Killed In A Tragic Accident In Rochester
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Members from the Western Region said goodbye to Union Brother Jeffrey Farrell, a Motor Equipment Operator for Monroe County’s Pure Waters Division, who was killed in a work-related accident earlier this month.
Farrell, 30, was killed after a tractor-trailer traveling east on state Route 104 barreled down an embankment on Hudson Avenue and hit a light pole and two other vehicles. Farrell was below ground inside a sewer grate, but was killed instantly as he tried to escape, according to Rochester Fire Battalion Chief James Hartman.
Authorities speculate the tractor-trailer driver may have had a medical emergency, causing the vehicle to leave the expressway, according to New York State Police reports.
The driver of the truck, Tracy Premo, 58, of Palmyra, was also killed in the crash.
CSEA Western Region President Kathy Button, who said Farrell started his employment with Monroe County in September 2018, issued the following statement: “We share our grief and sense of loss with the entire community. Please keep the family, the Co-Workers, our dedicated CSEA Members and all those who were impacted by this tragic event in our thoughts and prayers. We contacted our CSEA Occupational, Safety and Health officials and NYS PESH who will be thoroughly investigating the incident.”
In Jeffrey’s honor, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo ordered flags at all County facilities to fly at half-staff.
In lieu of flowers, the Farrell Family asked donations be made in Jeffrey’s name to the Ronald McDonald House.
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