Grim anniversary a reminder for drivers

NEENAH, Wis. - At the Winnebago County Highway Department, a memorial for two men is a reminder of two employees and two family members who are gone too soon.

"Today it's been 12 years since he's been gone," Susan Tiffany said.

Tiffany lost her brother, Dan Melhorn, on March 7, 2006. Melhorn, along with his partner and friend, Marc Neumeyer, got killed working along Interstate-41.

"My sister told me and I just went, 'no, no'," Tiffany said.

Tiffany said that after her brother's death, she drives extra slow through work zones. She's not alone in hoping others will follow.

Local law enforcement said these two deaths are a reminder for drivers that when they enter a work zone like this, they need to move over or slow down.

"It's just a general reminder for everybody that it's real people and real lives that are affected by this," said Captain Lara Vendola-Messer of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office.

Officers said on a two lane road that drivers are required to move over if they can do so safely. As drivers approach construction and see the signs they should start taking caution.

"Definitely a heightened sense of awareness there," Vendola-Messer said.

Officers, and Tiffany, said it could save a life.

"I would like to see the people start slowing down because they still don't," Tiffany said.

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