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Jan. 5, 2011 - A new fountain stands in the courtyard of the ABB plant in north St. Louis. It was dedicated Wednesday in memory of those who were killed and wounded when a disgruntled worker went on a shooting rampage one year ago this Friday. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

 

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  A solemn ceremony was held Wednesday morning in the courtyard of the ABB transformer plant in north St. Louis.

More than 150 ABB employees gathered in the cold to help dedicate a fountain and quiet area in memory of three co-workers who were killed and five others who were wounded during a shooting spree by disgruntled ABB employee Timothy Hendron early on the morning of Jan. 7, 2010.

ABB spokesman Bob Fesmire said a committee of employees worked with a local construction firm to design the fountain.

“The symbolism of the fountain is sort of the renewal,” Fesmire told reporters following a private dedication ceremony.  “And the noise it makes when it’s running…it’s peaceful.”

Fesmire said employees who are still dealing with memories of the horrors of that day are receiving counseling services, and a homicide counselor is on hand at the plant this week.

“I’m really impressed, actually, with how resilient this group is,” Fesmire said.  “This is very much a family.”

Fesmire added that the average experience for current ABB employees is thirteen years on the job.

The plant itself will remain closed Friday on the one-year anniversary of the shooting spree.

OUR EARLIER STORY:

Sirens punctuated with the crack of gunshots and the panicked shouts of workers.

Those were the sounds outside the ABB building in north St. Louis a year-ago Friday, as Timothy Hendron went on a shooting rampage, killing three and wounding five others before killing himself.

This morning the sounds outside the plant are much different: only those of passing highway traffic, and the trickling of water from a memorial fountain that is being dedicated this morning in honor of the victims.  “The overall idea was to build a place of peace, a restful environment,” says ABB spokesman Bob Fesmire.

A private ceremony for the families directly impacted was held  yesterday.

The plant will be closed on Friday.

(Copyright KMOX Radio)

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