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MDOT worker Ricky Murrah memorialized at dedication ceremony

Murrah was killed in 2014 when a driver swerved off the road and hit him. (Photo source: Family) Murrah was killed in 2014 when a driver swerved off the road and hit him. (Photo source: Family)
Friends and family say they hope the signs remind drivers to slow down for MDOT crews. (Photo source: WLOX) Friends and family say they hope the signs remind drivers to slow down for MDOT crews. (Photo source: WLOX)
During the dedication, family members chose to remember the joy Murrah brought others. (WLOX) During the dedication, family members chose to remember the joy Murrah brought others. (WLOX)
LUCEDALE, MS (WLOX) -

Ricky Murrah was working to make Mississippi roads safer when he lost his life in a tragic accident.

On Friday, the Mississippi Department of Transportation honored the former maintenance worker, renaming a section of Highway 98 in his memory.

The ceremony was held at Murrah Hill revival center, a small church on River Road.  A few miles to the east near Lucedale, Murrah's name will forever be memorialized on a two mile stretch of Highway 98, where he was struck by a car while working for M-DOT on a four-man clean-up crew.

“When you drive by, you'll get to see his name. It'll bring back memories. And then 20 years from now, you'll be able to tell some grandkids who he was,” said McLeod.

MDOT maintenance workers face a risk every time they put on their bright colored vests and work close to busy roadways. They'd taken every precaution that July day when tragedy came calling.

“They were way out in the road. They were looking out for each other. They did everything right, and this still happened. There just aren't words for that,” said MDOT Executive Director, Melinda McGrath.

Fellow workers who knew Ricky best say they will remember the good times.

“Those who didn't know Ricky missed a blessing. He would see you down and he would try to make you laugh,” said maintenance superintendent, Gerald Seals.

Family members were presented a replica of the memorial sign, along with other gifts from MDOT. They choose to remember the joy their son brought others.

“If it made you mad, it tickled him. He'd just keep laughing about it. He just enjoyed making people happy,” said Ricky’s father, James Murrah.

Those who celebrate the dedication say they're hopeful the highway signs will remind folks of Ricky, and remind drivers to slow down for M-DOT crews at work.

“Lot of people loved him,” said Leona Murrah, while fighting back tears, “He was a wonderful son. He was good.”

Ricky Murrah worked for years alongside his father in a family owned business. He went to work for MDOT in 2011. 

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