Solid Waste Employee Inspires Next Generation
July 15, 2016
Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry awarded Darrell (DJ) Laskowski for his exceptional and generous service to the citizens along his pickup route in his role as a Residential Collections Driver with the Solid Waste Management Department.
Laskowski is being recognized for his personable and kindhearted approach when interacting with residents along his route. Laskowski goes above and beyond his scope of duties with one of his customers in particular. Michael Martinez and his eight year old son, Jaden, who was diagnosed with autism when he was younger, wait on the curb every Monday morning at 6:00 to see Laskowski and his truck, come through their neighborhood. Over time Laskowski forged a friendship with the father and son pair and began taking time to talk to Jaden about the interworking of the truck and even showing him around it. One morning Laskowski decided to surprise him with a small green trash can and a few City of Albuquerque stickers to make the boy’s day special.
Laskowski’s ability to foster a positive relationship with families and residents in the community is a testament to his commitment to both Solid Waste Management and the City of Albuquerque. Through his compassionate actions, he was able to educate and inspire a young resident and do everything in his power to make an ordinary day special for him. It is for these reasons that DJ Laskowski was chosen as this week’s City of Albuquerque Employees of the Week.