Provided by American Disposal Services
On Friday, October 23rd, two waste and recycling collectors, Jesse Carter and Kevin Shepherd of American Disposal Services, were servicing homes in Manassas, Virginia when they noticed black smoke at the rear of a house. They stopped what they were doing, called 911, and ran to the front of the house to get the family out. They knocked repeatedly until they ensured all members of the family had safely exited the house. Carter and Shepherd then waited with them until the Fire Department arrived.
On Monday, October 26th the two men were invited to receive thanks from the City of Manassas Council. When they arrived, they were met with applause and greeted by Mayor Harry J. Parrish II, who expressed his gratitude for their bravery, on behalf of the City of Manassas.
They were also personally thanked by the City Manager, Deputy City Manager, all Council members, as well as members of the public.
“The City of Manassas is deeply grateful to Jesse and Kevin for their willingness and bravery in assisting our residents. Their fast thinking saved not only the family in the home – but neighboring families and businesses as well.” Refuse and Recycling Coordinator for the City of Manassas, Monica Boehringer said. “The Refuse and Recycling crews have always been an active part of our community – now they are our heroes as well.”