Addison County Fair and Field Days Goes On, As Employees Grieve Death of Co-Workers

Brother of crash victim says "he loved his job"

VERGENNES, Vt. - The Addison County Fair and Field Days went on as planned Tuesday, while employees of Dreamland Amusements, the ride operation company serving the fair, mourned the loss of three of its employees.

Bob Destefano heads up Dreamland Amusements.

He said his crew was hiding their grief well Tuesday.

"It was a delayed opening, but we, we got the fair ready for the folks of Addison County that deserve their fair," said Destefano.

To show their support, Director and President of Addison County Fair and Field Days Jim Foster, says his employees invited the the Dreamland crew to their volunteer appreciation dinner, Monday night.

"You know, what do you do when somebody has a loss? Serve em food. You know, comfort," said Foster.

Destefano says it meant a lot to his crew.

He also told Local 22 & Local 44 News more about the employees he lost; Steven Holmes, 20 and Amber Brewer, 19 were engaged.

"Their moms live a couple doors down from each other in Georgia, so it was a very bad day," said Destefano.

Tuesday, the opening day of the fair, would have been Brewer's birthday, he said.

A Dreamland Amusements employee who declined to go on-camera tells Local 22 & Local 44 News one of the victims was like a brother to him, traveling around the country for years, and this was a close-knit group.

"It's tough, it's tough right now. It's those phone calls you don't want to make, they're all great people, sorely missed," said Destefano.

Local 22 & Local 44 News also spoke exclusively with the brother of 38 year-old victim Justin Hendrix over the phone.

Justin Hendrix says his brother was a "very loving person, and he liked to help people out."

"He loved traveling, he loved seeing all different kind of people, every weekend, he's never complained about it at all, he just loved doing it," said Hendrix.

Local 22 & Local 44 News has also learned more about the two others injured in the pick-up truck, Lisa Nunez and Thomas Sykes.

An employee confirmed off-camera Nunez runs a fried-dough concession stand at the fair, and both are still recovering from their injuries.


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