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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor this morning in memory of the victims of Monday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, including three constituents from Maryland's Fifth District. Below are his remarks and a link to the video:
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“Mr. Speaker, it is with great sadness that I rise to remember three of my constituents who tragically lost their lives in Monday's shooting along with nine other innocent victims at the Washington Navy Yard. The entire Washington Metropolitan area is still in shock at the horrific news.
“In Maryland's Fifth District, home to many who serve or have previously served in military and civilian roles at the Navy Yard, communities are grieving the loss of Sylvia Frasier, Frank Kohler, and Kenneth Proctor. In addition, Michael Arnold, Kathy Gaarde, John Roger Johnson, Vishnu Pandit, Martin Bodrog, Arthur Daniels, Mary Francis Knight, Gerald Read, and Richard Michael Ridgell lost their lives in this senseless attack.
“I along with all my colleagues offer my condolences on behalf of all who live in the Fifth District and in our country, and I wish to take a moment to reflect from this Floor on their lives of hard work and dedicated service.
“Sylvia Frasier had been an information assurance manager at the Naval Sea Systems Command since 2000. Because she loved interacting with people so much, Sylvia took a night job at the Walmart in Waldorf, Maryland, where she was beloved by her co-workers and members of our community. Sylvia is survived by her parents, James and Eloise, and six brothers and sisters.
“Frank Kohler – Frank was a defense contractor at the Navy Yard. He and his wife, Michelle, who works at Pax River Naval Air Station, also in my district, lived in Tall Timbers, Maryland, and loved to go boating and fishing on the Chesapeake and in Florida. He was a Past President of the Lexington Park Rotary Club and served as King Oyster at the St. Mary's County Oyster Festival, welcoming visitors to the annual celebration. I live in that county, it's a wonderful celebration. Frank will be missed. Frank also leaves behind two college-aged daughters, Alex and Megan.
“Kenneth Proctor worked as a civilian utilities foreman at the Navy Yard and was in Building 197 on Monday morning to get breakfast on his way to work. He had been a federal employee for 22 years and his eldest son, Kenneth Jr., just recently enlisted in the United States Army. He's also survived by his former wife, Evelyn, with whom he was still very close and their younger son, Kendull, who is in high school.
“I want to thank the first responders. I want to thank them for quickly and courageously answering the call on Monday morning and [putting] their own lives on the line to stop the shooter and prevent further loss of life. They demonstrate the best of America along with all the dedicated men and women who serve in the Navy Yard and in the Navy, in uniform and civilian. They continue to enrich our nation through their outstanding service.
“Mr. Speaker, [this tragedy is] particularly poignant for me because my father-in-law and my mother both worked at the Navy Yard during the course of some of their careers. I have been on the Navy Yard numerous times. It should be and we thought was well protected. Twelve people found that it was not protected enough.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of those who lost their lives and with all who are recovering from their injuries. I yield back the balance of my time.”