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Solid Waste Drivers Spark Toddler's Interest in Environmental Stewardship

Employee of the Week: Solid Waste Employees Daniel Martinez and Lee Conlin

February 5, 2016

Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized two Solid Waste drivers for the kindness they showed and the enthusiasm they instilled in a young boy. What Daniel Martinez, Residential Collections Driver, and Lee Conlin, Recycling Collections Driver, may think is simply customer service while on the job, is really turning them into role models and this week’s Employees of the Week.

Tommy Cavanaugh wakes up every Thursday morning to prepare his trash and recycling bins to be rolled out to the curb for pick-up along with all the other neighbors on his block.  The only difference between Tommy and his neighbors, is that he his only three-years-old. Last year, Tommy became interested in big trash trucks..  While his interest began to increase, Martinez and Conlin began to take notice that week after week the little boy waiting on his driveway with an excited look on his face as they picked up the bins. 

Martinez and Conlin started to take the time to make Tommy’s week by allowing Tommy to show off his own toy trash-truck and enjoy homemade cookies that Tommy and his mom prepared. Being at an impressionable age, Martinez and Conlin took the opportunity to teach by example and show the young boy the importance of having a strong work ethic while being able to enjoy the job you do every day.

“Daniel and Lee have demonstrated to Tommy the value of hard work,” Tommy’s mother Cathy Cavanaugh said. “Each week they show Tommy kindness and friendliness by a wave, a honk of the horn, and simply showing Tommy that heroes have the time for him.”

Daniel Martinez and Lee Conlin are being recognized as this week’s Employees of the Week for going out of their way to engage the community they serve and for being a positive role model and example for the community’s youth.