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Washington Labor & Industries Worker Memorial Ceremony

The Department of Labor and Industries hosts its annual Worker Memorial Day ceremony to honor those Washington State residents who died in 2023 due to work-related accidents or illnesses.


  • Welcome – Joel Sacks, Director, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
  • Posting of the Colors – Washington State Department of Corrections Honor Guard
  • Invocation and Benediction – Jeffrey Jones, DOC Chaplain, Cedar Creek Corrections Center
  • Speakers
  • Governor Jay Inslee
  • April Sims, President, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Bob Battles, General Counsel and Government Affairs Director, Association of Washington Business
  • Kris Tefft, Executive Director and General Counsel, Washington Self-Insurers Association
  • Barbara Bojang, mother of Demetrius Sellers, a worker who was honored in 2023
  • Chris Huynh, Supervisor, L&I, Claims Administration
  • Steven Yunker, Compliance Manager, L&I, Division of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Musical Tributes
  • Scott Dellinger and Shawn Lamb, Puget Sound Fire Fighters Pipes and Drums
  • Tumwater High School Noteables
  • Bell Ringers
  • Mark Armstrong, Fire Prevention Officer, Tumwater Fire Department
  • AC Bates, Battalion Chief, Tumwater Fire Department