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WM Drivers Trained to Watch Over Hillsborough County

‘Keeping an eye out’ is part of their job
Published Sep. 27
Updated Oct. 4

For more than 40 years, Waste Management (WM) has provided safe, reliable and professional environmental services to Hillsborough County residents and businesses.

WM’s 70 drivers, averaging more than 10 years of experience, are trained in the company’s award-winning Waste Watch program to be an extra set of eyes and ears in Hillsborough County communities – with noteworthy results.

Last fall, veteran WM driver Robert Riley was servicing a customer early in the morning and saw a young child wandering alone in a park near a roadway. Robert observed the toddler for several minutes, and when no parent came to attend to the child, he approached the barefoot boy, took his hand and called 911. A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy arrived and was able to return the two-year-old boy safely to his parents.

For his diligence, Riley was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and was also honored by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.

“Our drivers are proud of the work they do to service our customers safely, while keeping an eye out in the communities they serve,” said Senior District Manager Ken Bevis. “We appreciate Robert, and all our Hillsborough team members, for their dedication to their work and their community.”