In Memoriam

The Teamsters are mourning the deaths of two members and one retired member who were killed in the senseless Las Vegas shooting that claimed the lives of 58 people and injured 546 in October. In addition, there are reports that several Teamsters were injured during the incident as well. Dana Gardner of Local 1932 and Rachael Parker of Local 911, both from California, died during the massacre.

Gardner, 52, was a 26-year employee of the San Bernardino County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk’s office, while Parker, 33, was a 10-year veteran of the Manhattan Beach Police Department (MBPD), where she worked as a police records technician.

Brett Schwanbeck, a retired ABF driver from Arizona and former member of Local 104, also perished.

Gardner’s colleagues, in media reports, described her as a “go-to” person and a “dedicated public servant.” They added, “She had a lot of knowledge. She was a great employee.”

Meanwhile, the MBPD said Parker had a passion for working with older adults, and she completed her undergraduate practicum with Manhattan Beach’s Older Adults Program. Parker loved dogs, baking, country music and L.A. Kings Hockey. “Rachael’s smile could light up a room, even on the most difficult of days,” the statement said.