Bellingham-based railway engineers honored by BNSF

Three BNSF Railway employees in Bellingham have been honored by the company as among its 2012 Employees of the Year.

Rob Owen, Matthew Smith, and Jeffrey Whitehead were recognized by BNSF during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, where the company’s headquarters are located.

Owen, a roadmaster; Smith, a machine operator; and Whitehead, a signal maintainer, are part of the company’s northwest division engineering and signal team. BNSF said the three played an integral role in clearing mudslides and restoring train operations during the recent holiday season.

“The success of BNSF is dependent upon every person who works here,” said Matthew K. Rose, BNSF chairman and CEO, in a press release. “The 2012 Employee of the Year awards honor the employees who best demonstrate BNSF’s Vision and Values through their commitment, leadership and focus on working safely and efficiently to meet our customers’ expectations.”

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