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Amateur Radio Operator Killed in Connecticut Explosion

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02/09/2010

Chris Walters, N0HVK, of Florissant, Missouri, was killed in an explosion on Sunday, February 7. He was 48. Walters -- who was employed as a safety manager for an electrical subcontractor at the Kleen Energy Plant in Middletown, Connecticut -- was one of five men who were killed in the explosion; at least a dozen people were injured. According to officials, the plant was in the process of doing a “blow down” -- clearing the natural gas lines -- when the explosion occurred, but investigators are still determining the cause of the explosion. According to his wife Fran, Walters was unemployed in Missouri and had been in Connecticut for two months working a temporary job. While in Connecticut, Walters found time to enjoy Amateur Radio activities. He was a member of the Shore Point Amateur Radio Club (SPARC), volunteering for community events and fundraisers with the club; he was also part of SPARC’s first ARRL Field Day. Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell requested that flags fly at half-staff on February 10 in honor and memory of the five men who perished in the explosion.  -- Some information provided by WVIT and SPARC

 

 

 



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