COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Waste Management drivers Ricky Destefanis and Armando Chavaria witnessed a two-car accident on Logan Boulevard at 10:30 a.m., where one vehicle rolled over.
Destefanis secured his vehicle and called 911, while Chavaria went to the aide of the accident victims.
"Fortunately this accident was not more serious. The actions of these two brave men demonstrate the importance of having community partnerships like Waste Watch, where our neighbors are safer because people take the time to do the right thing and help," said Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk.
“Both Destefanis and Chavaria followed their Waste Watch training and responded appropriately,” said Larry Berg, Waste Management Senior District Manager. “We are proud of all our drivers that stay alert and calm in an emergency situation. And, we are pleased that the drivers were not seriously injured.”
Destefanis and Chavaria have both completed Waste Watch certification, a joint community safety program in partnership with local law enforcement and emergency officials. Through this program, Waste Management drivers act as an extra set of eyes and ears for police, fire department and emergency services, and report any suspicious activity that may take place during their routes. Waste Management employees have undergone proper training on what to look for and how to respond in the case of an emergency.