Coffin photos lead to firing

by on April 22nd, 2004

SEATTLE – A cargo worker whose photograph of flag-draped coffins bearing the remains of U.S. soldiers was published on a newspaper’s front page was fired by the military contractor that employed her.

The woman, Tami Silicio, 50, was fired Wednesday by Maytag Aircraft Corp. after military officials raised “very specific concerns” related to the photograph, said William L. Silva, Maytag’s president. The photo was taken in Kuwait.

Silva would not identify the Defense Department’s concerns but said Silicio violated company and federal government rules. He would not comment further.

Silicio said she hoped the photo of the 20 flag-draped coffins awaiting transport from Kuwait to the United States would show the relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq that civilian and military crews returned the remains of their loved ones with care and devotion.

“It wasn’t my intent to lose my job or become famous or anything,” Silicio said.

Etalkinghead Staff