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Stories & Impact

Miracle Man


May 8, 2014 is a date that Joshua Strange would like to forget.  The 39 year old Pierce Transit bus mechanic was working the graveyard shift.  He was walking out of the shop when he was struck by a co-worker pulling a bus forward.  Joshua hit the front windshield and then was run over.  He sustained a left shoulder rotator cuff tear, nerve damage to his left leg and a compound fracture to his right tibia.

“My right leg felt like it exploded, “Joshua remarked.  Paramedics rushed Joshua to ...

Attention to Detail


Monty Johnson has been a Journeyman Electrician for over 20 years. He enjoys being a residential electrician over commercial work, but there was one day last year he would like to forget. On February 5, 2016, he was standing on a ladder and pulling heavy wire overhead from one building to another. As he pulled hard on the wire, he felt a strong rip in his left shoulder. “I knew I damaged my shoulder, I could hear the tear, but I also thought I may have dislocated it.”

With the help of his ...

Lifelong Knowledge


Janna Klitzke has worked for Fred Meyer in Vancouver, Washington for over 12 years. She speaks highly of her employer as she started with the company as a seasonal worker and has worked her way up to Service Deli Manager.

On August 13, 2014, she was injured at work when a forklift pinned her between a garbage bin and a cardboard compactor. She sustained multiple injuries and was able to return work after extensive rehab. Little did she think that a little more than a year later, another ...