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Steven ‘Bull’ Bailey: ‘He will be missed by every one of us’

“He will be missed by every one of us.”

Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department lost one of its own Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.

That’s the date Steven “Bull” Bailey died while working on the Rodanthe bridge project.

Bailey, in his mid-40s, was on the board of the fire department, reported Mac Gray, one of two assistant chiefs at the department.

Gray has set up a GoFundMe account for Bailey’s spouse Breynn Bailey and their three children, a daughter who is in high school and two sons in middle school. Bailey also worked on the Oregon Inlet bridge.

Bailey had been with the Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department a total of 10 years. “He was a good senior member,” said Gray. Bailey ran out of the department’s north station.

“He was part of our family,” said Gray, who reported firefighters gave Bailey the “Bull” nickname.

“During this incredibly difficult time, we want to help ease the burden on the family,” states the GoFundMe posting. “The financial burden will no doubt be great, and whatever amount you feel led to give will be so very appreciated.” The account is gofundme.com/f/99jgk-bailey-family-relief-fund. As of mid-day Saturday, Aug. 28, the fund had accumulated $15,060 from 125 donors.

Mike Swenson, the spokesperson for Rodanthe bridge builder Flatiron Constructors, issued the following statement:

“On Monday, August 24, a Flatiron employee was fatally injured while working at the Rodanthe Bridge project in North Carolina. Following this tragic accident, work at the project was suspended while an investigation is underway.

“Our thoughts are with our employee’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.

“We have no additional details at this time.”

The incident is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupation Safety and Health Administration. The field investigation is completed and work at both ends of the bridge project resumed Friday, Aug. 28. The day before, crews were called in for a half-day to re-acclimate to work sites.

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