The INDOT workers that keep our roads safe and clean often put their lives at risk when they go to work. Sadly, sometimes that risk is realized as it was two years ago for Mark Shepherdson. While assisting in cleaning a bridge on I-164, his truck was hit by a dump truck carrying gravel and Mark passed away later that day.
Mark worked at INDOT with Chandler Unit Four for three years and his coworkers all said he was a joy to be around and a hard worker. They said he had an infectious laugh and would always step up to do the tasks that many of them did not enjoy doing as much; he didn't mind getting his hands dirty.
Before Mark's death, he cared for his mother who was ill at the time. He was a loving brother and friend and also had a Springer Spaniel named Jake who greeted him every day at his gate.
In his spare time, he would sometimes drive the Town Trolley for Newburgh and for many years he drove the bus for Willow Park Retirement Community. Many of the residents attended his funeral and spoke very highly of him, as well.
It is clear that Mark was a great asset to his team, a caring son and brother and has been missed in our community.
In his memory, I and several other state lawmakers worked with INDOT to rename a portion of I-164 for him. A ceremony was held last week at the INDOT station in Chandler where he worked to dedicate the sign now placed at mile marker nine stating 'In Memory of Mark Shepherdson'. His co-workers, friends, families and local officials were all in attendance.
Our hope is that this will serve as a reminder to everyone to slow down around work zones. If this can save even one life then it will have served its purpose. It was a tragic accident and with due diligence we can all help save other families from the grief.
Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler)