Rhonda Kitchen has been driving a garbage truck in Utah for 17 years. Her grandfather was a garbage man, her uncle worked in the industry, and her husband does, as well. Rhonda feels that she was destined to drive a garbage truck.
Not many women drive garbage trucks, so when people see her, it’s an understatement to say that they’re a bit surprised.
Rhonda has fans all over the county who love seeing the beloved sanitation worker driving her truck. It’s a relaxing, fulfilling job for her, and she honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.
Unfortunately, Rhonda recently suffered a tragedy in her life. Her son was killed in a car accident, and she was absolutely shattered, emotionally. She had to take a month off from work to readjust.
When she returned to the job, she found it therapeutic to be back at work. It’s a way to return to normalcy, and it brings her joy.
She also found out, upon her return to work, that she had won a very prestigious award — a national award. Out of thousands of nominations, Rhonda was chosen as the best person to receive the “Driver of the Year” award by the National Waste & Recycling Association.
If you ask me, I don’t think they could have picked a more deserving person to receive this sanitation worker award.
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