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Bellingham member among wounded in Las Vegas tragedy; DSHS expedites shared leave request

Last night’s tragedy that took the lives of at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 in Las Vegas hit home here a short time ago when the Department of Social and Health Services confirmed that a Federation member was among the wounded. The agency has expedited her shared leave request and we are sending it out as widely as possible.

The wounded member, Melinda Brockie, is a social service specialist 3 with DSHS in Bellingham and a member of Local 1060. We do not know the extent of her injuries.

Here is her expedited shared leave request:

IN NEED OF SHARED LEAVE: Melinda Brockie, a social service specialist 3 with Children’s Administration in Bellingham and a member of Local 1060, is in need of, and has been approved to receive donations of shared leave. Ms. Brockie is one of the victims injured as a result of the senseless tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas. To help with a donation of eligible unused annual leave, sick leave or all or part of your personal holiday, please contact Lorie Moe (360) 429-3088 or your own human resource office.

Meanwhile, the entire Federation family sends its thoughts and prayers to Melinda and all the victims of the terrible tragedy.

Pursuant to a presidential proclamation, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered all US and state flags lowered to half-mast at all state facilities. The flags at the state Capitol and nearby monuments were some of the first to be lowered.

The governor spoke for all Washingtonians:

“It's difficult to conceive of the horrific violence suffered in Las Vegas last night. Trudi and I, and all Washingtonians, pray for the hundreds wounded or fighting now for their lives, and grieve for the dozens killed.

“Law enforcement responded with incredible courage, and responders immediately began treating the hundreds of victims. There are already heroic stories emerging of strangers protecting those near them during the shooting.

“We can draw inspiration from those stories as we heal together in the days and weeks to come. This horrific act has shaken us all to our core.”