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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – For the last year, the City of Tahlequah Solid Waste department has run a trash route with the watchful eye of 2-year-old Major Blakely.
As a surprise Major and his family was invited to the Solid Waste Department to get an up close look at the trucks he loves. His sisters Ally and Ayden were there too for the experience. They’re now referred to as the “Jr. Crew.”
Solid Waste Foreman Chris Armstrong said Major has helped boost the morale for the entire department.
“Every Tuesday morning you can tell the guys are ready to see their little buddy. Major’s energy and genuine love for the crews has gave the employees a sense of pride and happiness in their work,” Armstrong said.
Major, who has been in love with trash trucks since he could walk, has identified himself as a friend to all the Solid Waste crew. His grandmother said he would watch the trucks come by during its trash route. His excitement, she said, is wonderful to watch.
"He'd always be so interested in what was going on outside and one day Nate (a crew member) struck up a conversation with him and it was over after that...now he runs out grabbing trash bags throwing to the guys in a full sprint," Terry said.
In the beginning it was the sound that made him curious. Now he just sits and waits for “his” crew to show.
"He stands on the porch saying 'there's my friends,' she laughs. “He is just in love with these trucks and the crew too,” said Darlene Terry, his grandmother.
Terry adds that the care that the crew gives back makes his experience all the much better.
"We appreciate Solid Waste so much. This experience was such a great one for him, you totally made his day," she added.
Major has helped the Solid Waste Department recognize that they set an example for all people within the community and it’s never too late or early to be a positive influence.
“Since Major has entered our lives we have become a better department, we are taking the appropriate steps to set a better example for the community. Our job is not fancy’s but its honest and extremely hardworking,” Armstrong added. “We love Tuesdays and we look forward to meeting new people.”