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Friends, colleagues, family lament loss of Jennings postal worker

by Mark Schnyder

KMOV.com

Posted on June 16, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 17 at 7:48 AM

There's a lot of head shaking and head bowing going on at the Jennings Post Office.  Outside where the flag is at half-staff I saw one of Christine Jones' colleagues having a quiet moment saluting the flag and walking away.  Inside, people can't believe she was taken away so quickly.

I talked to Richard Thurman who'd only known Christine about six months but said they had a brother-sister like relationship.  They hugged every day... including Tuesday before she went out on her route.  Richard says he's been a postal worker for 20 years and had never even heard of a postal worker being killed by a lightning strike.

He says he's confident the post office won't let her death be in vain by reminding everyone who wears the uniform, while getting the mail out is important, nothing's more important than their safety.

Christine's colleagues are hosting a candlelight vigil near the spot where she died on Thursday night at 9:00 at the intersection of Venice Drive and Highmont Drive just three miles from the post office she was based out of.

They're also working on some kind of bowling fundraiser to benefit her 7-year old son.  No date for that is set yet.  I'm also told Christine was engaged.

Very sad.

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