by Amie Sites
Teary-eyed family members, coworkers and friends of Mike Lamb gathered for a bridge dedication on the Hoosier Heartland Tuesday afternoon. A memorial sign was unveiled at the site of the bridge at 500 South over the new Hoosier Heartland Ind. 25.
The bridge was dedicated in memory of Indiana Department of Transportation project engineer Mike Lamb, who died in late August while supervising the project to build the bridge.
Along with family members, Cass County Commissioners and Cass County Highway Department and INDOT workers were in attendance.
Lamb, who passed away in a house fire, was in his 37th year with INDOT. He began his career on the survey crew in 1980 before moving to construction.
Many workers at INDOT, including Mike Kinsey, Cass County Highway Department employees and the Cass County Commissioners were instrumental in the bridge dedication.
“This is a wonderful honor for him, his family and us,” said Kinsey, who worked with Lamb for 32 years.
Micheal Flores, project supervisor of Bureau segment, worked under Mike Lamb for three years. Flores said Lamb was his mentor.
“You usually see dedications to congressmen, commissioners, or slain police officers and they are all great people,” Flores said. “Everyone here and everyone who was touched by Lamb knows how deserving he is of the dedication.”
Julia Glessner, Lamb’s sister, was in attendance with other family members: Stephanie Glessner, Eric Lamb, Jennifer Lamb, Morgan Lamb, Jim Lamb, Shirley Lamb, Marilyn Klise, Rex Klise, Karen Miller, Scott Murphy, Jordon Lamb, Shannon Lamb and Bella Lamb.
“I feel proud, emotional, and very grateful,” Glessner said.
Several people including Flores, Jeff Smith, superintendent at the Cass County Highway Department, Brad Minnick and Nate Pfeiffer spoke during the dedication.
Flores said he and Lamb shared a love for classic rock ‘n’ roll, at the dedication and ended his speech by reading lyrics from the band Kansas: “Carry on my wayward son. There’ll be peace when you are done. Lay your weary head to rest. Don’t you cry no more.”
Family members wiped their eyes as Bella Lamb, granddaughter of Lamb, was held up so she could unveil the memorial sign.
Amie Sites is community news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-732-5150.
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