Mrs. Barbara DeYear
and her flagman, "Big John" LaDue visited the West
Carthage Tech Club on May 2, 2002. Mrs. DeYear is President of
Independent Commercial Contractors Inc., the company that has
cleared the site of the March 2 Carthage Fire. She described
what her team of workers, assisted by trucks from the surrounding
municipalities, did to accomplish their task ahead of schedule
and under bid. The students had many questions for Barb and "Big
She told them how she had
to keep track of the number of truckloads of rubble that left
the site and where each truck was headed. She showed the students
the Day Book, the record of day to day progress at the site.
This includes the numbers of the trucks, the number of trips,
destinations, and a series of pictures taken on site during the
course of the day.
Many of the questions the
students asked had to do with the asbestos removal at the site,
the victims who lost their possessions and the efforts made by
the ICC workers to recover whatever they could for the people
who had been through the fire. Mrs. DeYear pointed out pictures
in the Day Book of fused tools, nearly unidentifiable machines
and some items that were almost intact. The children marveled
at the fact that no one was hurt in all of the time the ICC workers
cleared the site.
"Big John", whose
job it is to direct traffic on and off the site was also taking
pictures of our meeting. He patiently explained his camera to
the students and took multiple shots of the children, much to
We really thank them for their
time and patience during the visit and, more importantly, for
the wonderful job they and Independent Commercial Contractors
Inc. have done for our village.