CLEARWATER, Fla. – On April 15-16 in Seminole County, Fla., the city of Clearwater solid waste employees competed in the Solid Waste Association of North America, or SWANA, Florida Sunshine Chapter ROAD-E-O competition against other government and private collection workers. Clearwater had three first place winners, two second place finishers, and one third place winner. Clearwater also took home the “Top Gun Driver” award, or best overall driver, for the fourth year in a row.
Congratulations go to:
James Deluca – first place, Rear-End Loader and “Top Gun” (best overall driver)
Arnold Retzer – first place, Tractor Trailer
Ernesto Rodriguez – first place, Front-End Loader
John Garakop – second place, Automated Side-Loader
Rufus Whiting – second place, Roll-Off Loader
Charles Shuman – third place, Mechanics
The competition consists of a written safety test worth 75 points, a CDL vehicle inspection and an obstacle course on which drivers have to perform an off-set driving maneuver, a right-hand turn through cones, parallel park their truck, back into an alley dock, drive through a serpentine forward and backward, put their passenger side tires through tennis balls set 30 inches apart (rear tandem tires are 24 inches), and finish on a stop line as close as possible without the bumper going over the line.
The Clearwater drivers’ trophies are the latest of numerous state, national and international ROAD-E-O awards secured by Clearwater solid waste employees in past years. The winners will go on to compete in SWANA’s international competition Sept. 3, in Dublin, Ga. (SWANA Florida pays for their airfare and hotel.)
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