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  • Deceased Drainage Workers’ Funeral
    [Mayor Park Won Soon's Hope Journal 223]

    SMG 725
  • On Sunday a funeral
    ceremony was held for the victims of last week’s tragic accident at a drainage
    worksite in Noryangjin. My heart was broken at the sight of the grieving
    families. I remained at the funeral site until everyone had left, feeling
    deeply sorry, and refreshing my resolve to do whatever we can do to prevent
    such an accident from ever happening again. 

     

    We at Seoul Metropolitan
    Government will determine the cause of the accident, take punitive action
    against those responsible, and help the bereaved families to find jobs. We will
    also ensure that the rescue workers who rushed to the scene of the accident receive
    specialist treatment for the mental trauma caused by the tragedy. 

     

    I read a newspaper
    article about the daughter of the late Mr. Kim Cheol-deok that made my heart
    ache. She had sent a short message to her already deceased father over her cell
    phone, asking whether he was alright in the rainy weather. I offered my consolations
    to her at the funeral ceremony. I will invite her to my office some time later
    and see what we can do for her.

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