Saluting Union Pacific’s 50-Year Railroaders

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2024 50-year honorees, top row, from left: Dana Carman Sr., locomotive engineer; Jack Dugal, locomotive engineer; Mike Freeman, locomotive engineer; Stanley Grishom, locomotive engineer; bottom row, from left: David Perez, locomotive engineer; Joseph Perry, yardperson; Mickey Richard, flagging foreperson; and Vadim Woods, conductor.

Continuing a long-standing Union Pacific tradition, employees achieving 50 years of railroading will be honored Wednesday, May 8, in a special ceremony with Union Pacific senior leadership at 11:15 a.m. CT.

In 1974, Bonnie Leake became Union Pacific’s first woman to train for engine service; supply shortages, including fuel, impacted the railroad and nation; and Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record. It also was around the time these dedicated employees started their careers:

  • Dana Carman Sr., locomotive engineer, Missouri Valley, Iowa, Great Lakes Service Unit. A fourth-generation railroader, Carman has served as a locomotive engineer for more than 30 of his 50 years.
  • Jack Dugal, locomotive engineer, Proviso, Illinois, Chicago Service Unit. Dugal is based out of Union Pacific’s Proviso Yard, transporting freight to local customers and interchanging with other railroads.
  • Mike Freeman, locomotive engineer, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Great Plains Service Unit. Freeman frequently makes runs between Cheyenne, Wyoming, and North Platte, Nebraska.
  • Stanley Grishom, locomotive engineer, Paducah, Kentucky, Mid-America Service Unit. In his Union Pacific career, Grishom has worked in Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.
  • David Perez, locomotive engineer, Laredo, Texas, South Texas Service Unit. Perez, a third-generation railroader, started his career in a San Antonio, Texas, locomotive diesel shop.
  • Joseph Perry, yardperson, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Gulf Coast Service Unit. Perry is a third-generation railroader, working various road jobs in Louisiana and Texas.
  • Mickey Richard, flagging foreperson, Whitesboro, Texas, Engineering. Richard often serves as Employee in Charge (EIC), protecting track gangs.
  • Vadim Woods, conductor, Albina, Oregon, Pacific Northwest Service Unit. Woods, a second-generation railroader, works on the Seattle-to-Portland, Oregon, pool.

Join us in congratulating these honorees – watch the May 8 livestream ceremony via Union Pacific’s Facebook page

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