It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce the passing of 37-year IBEW 1245 member Steve Wink, who lost his life at the age of 60 while working the LNU Complex Fire in Vacaville. According to preliminary reports, he was assisting first responders in the fire zone at the time of his passing.
“Our deepest condolences go out to Brother Wink’s family, friends and co-workers during this absolutely gut-wrenching time,” said IBEW 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell. “Brother Wink was a true hero — a man who did not hesitate to help others save lives, even at the expense of his own — and our entire union family is mourning the loss of a life taken too soon.”
A troubleman for PG&E out of the Vacaville yard, Brother Wink was known for his diligent work ethic and reserved nature, and was a highly respected, model employee and union member. He leaves behind his wife Kim, and three daughters, Megan, Haley and Lauren.
“Everyone who worked with Steve would tell you that they wished they had a hundred more guys like him,” said 1245 Assistant Business Manager Bob Gerstle. “Today, we honor his sacrifice and send strength to his loved ones.”
The incident is currently under investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
For information about the PG&E vacation sale for Brother Wink’s family, click here.
Alternatively, donations can be sent to the family by using the GoFundMe link below.
UPDATE 8/28: California State Assembly member Cecelia Aguiar Woods shared parts of IBEW 1245’s statement when adjourning the Assembly in memory of Steve Wink. See video below.