Co-workers put Donald Fenton's work boots in front of a memorial cross
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A 14-year veteran of the Kansas City Water Services Department was remembered and mourned Tuesday.
Donald Fenton, a wastewater maintenance division utility repair supervisor, was fatally injured while working on a sewer line in south Kansas City on Monday evening.
Grieving co-workers created a makeshift memorial for Fenton. The workers put the work boots he was wearing when he died in front of a cross. They held a prayer for him.
Fenton was remembered as an exceptional employee.
"Donald's dedication to his work and devotion to the team were a valuable part of our department, said Terry Leeds, director of water services. "Donald will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. His family, friends and coworkers are in our thoughts as we work through this time of grief."
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
The city said that Fenton was part of a five-man crew. A plug inside an upstream pipe gave way, the city said. This caused water to flood the manhole where Fenton was working.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James said Fenton was one of many city employees who put their lives on the line "to make our city great."
"We were all shaken to hear of the tragic accident that claimed the life of a good and valuable member of Kansas City's Water Services Department," he said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those Donald leaves behind, his family, friends and co-workers."
Kansas City will place flags at half mast this week in honor of Fenton.
The work is difficult and sometimes dangerous, Leeds said.
"It is with sincere appreciation and respect that we mourn the loss of this dedicated associate," he said.
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