Public works employees honor Tolland worker killed last week

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TOLLAND - Workers from across New England gathered to pay their respects to a Public Works employee who was killed when he was hit by a truck last week.

David Ridzon, 50, of Willington, was part of a two-man crew operating a truck to fill in potholes. Ridzon was out of the truck patching a ditch when the truck, driven by his colleague, reversed, and ran over Ridzon.

Public works employees from local towns lined the Tolland Green from St. Matthews Church to the United Congregational Church where the funeral was being held. Workers were asked to wear their safety yellow jackets and along with lining the road with their trucks.

The Needham, Massachusetts Director of Public Works, Rick Merson, attended Ridzon’s funeral.

"We want to make sure the family, the town, the community family is aware that there is a broader family, beyond just what they're seeing,” said Merson, “they're part of a larger group of people that work for the public good."

"When you see something like this,” said Merson, “It's just absolutely staggering to see the great turnout from all over New England."