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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DelDOT Honors Eric "Smiley" Givens

DOVER, Del.-- He was hailed as a standout employee, father, son and brother. On Tuesday Eric Givens was honored in Sussex County when DELDot named its Ellendale Maintenance Yard as the Eric Givens Building. This comes 7 months after his death in last October.
Givens was a DELDot employee for about a year when he was in an accident. Givens' tractor was caught on a guy wire, he hopped out to untangle it and was electrocuted. Givens was just 24 years old.
DELDot, community lawmakers and Governor Jack Markell dedicated the building to Givens. His coworkers and family, including his daughter, Chloe, were there. Sherri Givens, his mother said, "I am absolutely sure he's looking down on us smiling right now, he was the most giving person, he would do anything for anyone."
She said she hopes their story is an eye opener for others. "We want everybody to go home to their families, we don't want any other families to have to go through this we would be there if anything should happen but we rather it not, safety is the utmost importance," said Givens.

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