AFSCME Member Killed on the Job in Tragic Accident

by Clyde Weiss  |  August 30, 2011

Larry Fisher
Larry Fisher

Larry Fisher, a member of AFSCME Local 317 (Pennsylvania District Council 88), was killed in a tragic accident Aug. 11 while performing his job as a sewer worker for the Southwest Delaware County Municipal Authority in Aston Township, Penn.

Fisher, a 13-year-employee, was cleaning a valve at the Authority’s Team Road pumping station with three other workers. Fisher and a co-worker, Bryan Fike (also a member of Local 317) were inside the well and fell unconscious, according to news reports.

Rescue workers pulled the men out, but could not revive Fisher. Fike was treated at an area hospital and released. Aston police were investigating the accident.

“Our members go to work every day in some of the most dangerous environments in the Commonwealth,” said DC 88 Dir. Tom Tosti. “Brother Fisher paid the ultimate price for trying to earn a living for himself and his family. Our prayers go out to his family.”

Fisher leaves behind a wife of 28 years, Deborah A. Meehan Fisher, plus two children, a mother, and three brothers. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association, 777 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15235. Read his obituary here.

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