Mourners pay last respects to DOT worker

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Mourners remembered a Georgia Department of Transportation HERO worker who was killed while doing his job - helping stranded motorists on busy freeways.

Fellow HERO drivers wore black bands on their badges and carried Spencer Pass' coffin during Monday's funeral services at World Changers Church International in College Park.

The 45-year-old Jonesboro man was the state's first HERO operator killed in the line of duty. HERO operators - or Highway Emergency Response Operators - play key roles in efforts to reduce congestion on freeways by responding quickly to crashes and other incidents and helping to clear roads.

Authorities say Pass was killed during the morning rush hour on Jan. 31 while helping a motorist on Interstate 85 south of downtown Atlanta.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

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usapatriot 02/08/11 - 03:19 am
As a truck driver, I see alot

As a truck driver, I see alot of these motorist assistance folks in metro areas. The ways and means of the job, I don't know. Well paid or minimum wage, I don't know. Helping commuters and travelers or just needing a job, I don't know.

Dangerous along the side of the road, I know.

Folks, when there's ANYONE on the shoulder, move over if you can, slow down if you can't. I do in my big truck. I always think, if that was me on the side, I'd hope everyone would move over if they could.

I know there's a wind wash from my truck. If I was on the side, I wouldn't want that. A little consideration goes a long way. It could even save a life.

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