Louis "Lou" P. Shuster

My name is Alan Thompson, alongside with Pat Redmond, Local Chairman of local BLET #607 in Cleveland, Ohio, we are asking for donations for Lou Shusters family to help with his funeral services and expenses. Lou passed away on March 7th, 2023 due to an unfortunate accident while working as a Train Conductor in Cleveland, Ohio. 2 months ago, Lou had lost his Brother, and now his parents will be burying their second child in 3 months, and this is an unfortunate expense nobody wants. Lou had also left behind a teenage Son, Ethan.

How the money is being distributed. The funds collected will be written by me in a personal check to Lou's parents Louis and Paulette Shuster along with a copy from Go Fund Me showing the funds collected and fee's taken out. The first check will be given to them when I meet them at the funeral home. After the funeral service, I will send them the money collected every 2 weeks along with the Go Fund Me donations breakdown until this Fundraiser is over to help with other unexpected expenses that will come after the funeral and to help with his Son Ethan.

Thank You everyone for your support!!!!

Below is the "In The Line of Duty" Article from the BLE-T.ORG website:

Louis P. Shuster, a proud member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), employed as a Norfolk Southern conductor, was struck and killed early Tuesday when a dump truck collided with a train car in Cleveland.

“Lou was a passionate and dedicated union brother,” said Pat Redmond, Local Chairman of BLET Division 607. “He was always there for his coworkers. He was very active in helping veterans who worked on the railroad and veterans all across our community.”

Brother Shuster, 46, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, served the union as the president of BLET Division 607 in Cleveland. He began working as a conductor in 2005 and earned promotion to locomotive engineer in 2014. He was a father of a 16-year-old son and also a caregiver for his elderly parents. Brother Shuster was an Army veteran.

BLET has assigned A. Dan Cook III, the union’s Director of Benefits to assist the family. BLET National Vice President and Safety Task Force (STF) Chairman Randy Fannon, joined by other STF representatives, has been tasked with investigating the collision that occurred at a rail crossing on the site of a steel mill operated by Cleveland-Cliffs.

Earlier today, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that it is sending a team to the scene of the latest incident involving Norfolk Southern. BLET will be included in the investigation team. This is the third NTSB investigation launched since the Feb. 3 derailment in East Palestine involving Norfolk Southern’s railroad operations.

This was a tragic situation and it’s a devastating loss for the Shuster family as well as the members of this union, said BLET National President Eddie Hall. “All railroad accidents are avoidable. This collision underscores the need for significant improvements in rail safety for both workers and the public.”


Alan Thompson
Cleveland, OH

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