OREGON – A memorial fund has been established for the family of Corrections Officer Ricky Flores, Vice President of Local 3940 at Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario. Flores, 42, is missing and presumed drowned following a March 21 boating accident.
Flores has worked for the Department of Corrections for 17 years. The Caldwell, Idaho resident was riding in a jet boat with fellow Local 3940 members Charles Gissel and Eric Meyerhoffer when the boat capsized in the Snake River’s Wild Sheep rapids, about 8 miles north of Hells Canyon Dam. Gissel and Meyerhoffer were found on the shore near the rapids, but Flores and the boat have yet to be found. Several agencies, spearheaded by the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, are conducting an ongoing search and investigation.
“This is tragic all the way around, and it puts the family in a difficult situation,” said AFSCME Corrections Coordinator Tim Woolery. “We are soliciting funds to help the family during this time.”
“Although his wife will receive his paycheck at the end of the month, no other benefits can be released until he is recovered and a certificate of death is issued,” added Local 3940 President James Hanger.
A check for $1,000 from Council 75 will soon be on its way. Local unions are also contributing, and anyone can make a donation at any U.S. Bank branch to the Ricky M. Flores Benefit Donation Account.
“Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the Flores family,” said Oregon AFSCME Executive Director Ken Allen. “I encourage other AFSCME local unions and members to step up and help Brother Flores’ family in this time of need.”
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