MORRIS, Ill. (Jan. 12, 2009) - When the employees of Dresden Generating Station learned about the plight of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Marc Olson, a Coal City resident who was wounded recently in Iraq, they responded in a big way. Through a bake sale and other fundraising activities, the Dresden workers raised $1,422 to help Corporal Olson and his family.
"I would like to thank all the employees at Dresden for their generosity and support," Corporal Olson said. "Just knowing there are so many people that care who don't even know me means a lot."
Corporal Olson sustained major head, neck and eye injuries when suicide bombers attacked his post on November 8. He returned home to Coal City last month from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He has returned to the hospital for additional treatment.
"This type of response is typical of the Dresden workforce," said Plant Manager Tim Hanley. "Whenever there is someone in need, our employees come together in an impressive show of their compassion and generosity."
Those wishing to support Corporal Olson can contribute to a special fund at the Coal City Standard Bank, 20 South Kankakee in Coal City. Checks should be made payable to "Benefit for Marc Olson."
Dresden Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two operating units can produce more than 1,700 megawatts net of electricity per hour. Dresden Unit 1, which began commercial operation in 1960 and was retired in 1978, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.