The tragic accident that claimed the life of a construction worker in Airdrie last week, has spurred friends and family of the man to fundraise in his name. Two gofundme campaigns have been initiated for the man, who has since been identified as Prince Owusu.
One of the gofundme campaigns stated he was father to two young children and that he was, a vibrant and loving father and will be missed ever so dearly by all who have had the luck of meeting him.'
The other gofundme campaign that was started by a coworker of Owusu's said that he was, a man dedicated to his family, dedicated to the company he worked for, as well the crew he worked with.
"Prince did not go to work to lose his life. He went to work to provide. In the wake of this, he leaves behind two wonderful children who now face insurmountable odds. His hard work and loyalty to his family will forever be remembered and appreciated by all the people he has come to know. For his children, Prince led by example."
The campaign also alluded to how sometimes the public takes for granted the work that is done by construction workers and how they are an integral part of not only building infrastructure in cities but also keeping it up.
"Sometimes we take for granted when we get into our cars/trucks/motorcycles, new or old, rusty or fancy, or using the streets for commerce, driving to the next job or shopping centre, that asphalt pavers get up before their children do and so often get home after they have gone to sleep so that we can operate these vehicles on safe smooth asphalt. But someone’s father works here. Being on the road is dangerous, and to accept the kind of risk to be a road builder, enduring long hours, excruciating weather elements, and the absence of loved ones during the day is a difficult choice to make. This sacrifice Prince made to ensure his children's future must be held up and we are reaching out to the community to help achieve a sustainable path forward for his family."
Thus far, the two fundraisers have amassed over $7,000 dollars in donations, which are meant to be used for funeral expenses and other costs for the family.
The accident that claimed Owusu's life occurred when, according to the RCMP, there was a collision involving a dump truck and Owusu, who had been working on the roadway.
"Upon police arrival, EMS declared the construction worker deceased. The driver of the dump truck was uninjured," a previous RCMP release stated.
For some time after the accident, there was a road closure on 1st Ave tonight between Edwards Way and 8 Street.
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