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Donations sought for family of Operating Engineers Local 324 member who died on the job

First and foremost, my deepest sympathies and prayers go to Casto family for their loss. The loss of Chris on Friday was a sad day for all Operating Engineers. Chris followed in his father’s footsteps as one of the top Crane Operators of Local 324. It is always hard to lose a member of Local 324, but it’s especially hard to lose a member when they go off to work to provide for their family and don’t get to return home because of no fault of their own.

Chris left a wife and three young children at home that he was providing for.

I’m asking all members of Local 324 to reach in your pocket and give what you can. This could’ve been anyone of us and we need to show Chris’ family why he was so proud to be a member of Local 324. So please, get with your Steward or your Business Rep and donate to this cause. You can also donate by going to the website that’s listed here. Please share this and keep it going: http://www.gofundme.com/82ea20

I would also like to thank all of the union leaders and tradesmen that called with their condolences and all brother and sister tradesmen who have donated to this cause. It makes me proud to see how we take care of our own.

Funeral arrangements for Chris can be found at the link below:
Christopher Casto Memories

Thank you,
Douglas W Stockwell
Business Manager
Operating Engineers Local 324

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