- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

LENNOX, S.D. (AP) - Employees at Sioux Steel in Lennox are gradually getting back to work, after a shooting incident a week ago that killed one worker and injured two others.

The company reopened Monday and has been letting employees come back to work whenever they feel ready, CEO Scott Rysdon told the Argus Leader newspaper (https://argusne.ws/1Leg7Pg ). Sioux Steel also is offering counseling and other assistance to workers who want it.

“They’re traumatized by those events and they need time to heal,” Rysdon said.

Sioux Falls truck driver Jeffrey DeZeeuw got into an argument over a delivery Feb. 12 with a supervisor at a Sioux Steel location called ProTec and fatally shot Jon Richter and wounded worker Kathy Steever before killing himself, according to authorities. DeZeeuw also injured another employee who confronted him, Brian Roesler, authorities said.

DeZeeuw’s family said he struggled with bipolar disorder.

Richter’s funeral is scheduled for Friday afternoon at Chancellor Reformed Church in Lennox. Sioux Steel is encouraging employees to attend.

Recovery will be a long-term process that will involve regular plant meetings to gauge how people are feeling, Rysdon said.

“There are people crying themselves to sleep at night, but they are still getting up and going to work,” he said. “People say, ‘We’re going to get a handle on this and be better for it.’”

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com


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