Statement from International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams on IUPAT Member Robin De Haven and His Daring Rescue of Five People in the Immediate Aftermath of the Plane Crash in Austin, Texas

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) General President James Williams:

The men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades praise IUPAT member Robin De Haven for putting aside all concerns for his personal safety and rescuing five people from that burning building in Austin.  His actions were nothing short of heroic and we're proud to have him in our ranks.  A veteran who served in Iraq, the IUPAT was fortunate to bring him aboard through the Helmets to Hardhats program.

Robin's courage and character are a shining inspiration in these hard times.  I hope his actions remind us all of what is most dear in our lives, and how important it is to take care of each other.  Robin De Haven is a prime example of what a good union man is made of.

Robin De Haven is a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Texas Local Union 1778/District Council 88.  The IUPAT represents over 130,000 men and women in the Finishing Trades which includes glazing (glasswork), painting, floor covering, drywall finishing and sign and display.

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SOURCE International Union of Painters and Allied Trades



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