The SEIU family is mourning the loss of a dedicated public servant and educator, Victoria Soto.
First grade teacher Victoria Soto, daughter of SEIU Local 511 Safety Steward Carlos Soto, was among the first to respond to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT. She quickly tried to move students into hiding, but she paid with her life.
Daily Kos Labor put Victoria Soto's brave actions into context - as an example of how public service workers, including school employees in every role, stand up for the public good.
Funeral services were held for Victoria Wednesday morning in Stratford, Connecticut.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, cards and other condolences can be sent to SEIU Local 511, which will forward all messages to Carlos and his family:
A petition has been started to have a Presidential Citizens Award posthumously awarded to Victoria for her heroism in protecting the lives of the children under her care. If you would like to sign this petition, please click here.