On Hyatt skywalk anniversary, memorial gets a boost

The proposed memorial to the Hyatt skywalk disaster. Today is the 32nd anniversary of the collapse.

Today is the 32nd anniversary of the Hyatt skywalk collapse that killed 114 people and injured more than 200 others.

A nonprofit group called the Skywalk Memorial Foundation is trying to raise the funds to build a memorial to honor both victims and rescuers on Hospital Hill Park at 22nd & Gillham.

The foundation said yesterday it has received a donation of $20,000 toward the memorial effort from law firm Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman.

“This donation helps put us closer to our goal and we thank the attorneys and staff at Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman,” said Skywalk Memorial Foundation President Brent Wright, who lost his mother and stepfather in the collapse, said “We want this to serve as an opportunity for other law firms and lawyers to contribute so we can complete this project for the families of the victims offering them a place they can gather together to reflect and heal.”

Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman has a long history with the collapse, according to the Skywalk Memorial Foundation.  The firm’s John E. Shamberg and Lynn R. Johnson worked on the case.

“Having worked with and personally known the families affected by this tragedy, our firm is behind the goals and mission of this memorial,” said Johnson. “We believe every law firm or lawyer with any ties to the collapse should contribute. Let’s make this finally happen for these families.”

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