AFSCME OFFICER LOST IN BOATING ACCIDENT

Rank and File Review

AFSCME, Local 3940 Vice-President Rocky Flores
AFSCME, Local 3940 Vice-President Ricky Flores

OREGON – A memorial fund has been established for the family of Corrections Officer Ricky Flores, Vice President of Local 3940 at Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario. Flores, 42, is missing and presumed drowned following a March 21 boating accident.

Flores has worked for the Department of Corrections for 17 years. The Caldwell, Idaho resident was riding in a jet boat with fellow Local 3940 members Charles Gissel and Eric Meyerhoffer when the boat capsized in the Snake River’s Wild Sheep rapids, about 8 miles north of Hells Canyon Dam. Gissel and Meyerhoffer were found on the shore near the rapids, but Flores and the boat have yet to be found. Several agencies, spearheaded by the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, are conducting an ongoing search and investigation.

“This is tragic all the way around, and it puts the family in a difficult situation,”…

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