By Wally Urrutia, Sanitation Superintendent
Andy Garcia, a route manager in the City of College Station’s Sanitation Division, placed first recently in the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) International Truck Road-E-O in Denver.
A city employee for more than 12 years, Garcia earned his first-place trophy in the Front End Load truck competition, which includes a timed obstacle course that is set up for seven specific scenarios. Drivers have to demonstrate good safety habits and smoothness of operation, and are graded on both while navigating the course.
Andy advanced to the international competition earlier this year when he placed second at the Texas Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (TxSWANA) Annual Truck Road-E-O in El Paso.
The SWANA International Road-E-O is an annual competition that gives first- and second-place state Road-E-O winners from across North America the chance to compete for cash prizes, awards, trophies and for the title of “Top Gun.” Only drivers with a non-preventative accident history are able to attend.
The event fosters a spirit of competition and goodwill while promoting professionalism, safety, and an opportunity to network with peers.
The Public Works Sanitation division has won back to back trophies for first and second place at both the Texas and International Road E-O’s the last two years.
Congratulations, “Top Gun” Andy!
About the Author
Sanitation Superintendent Wally Urrutia has worked for the City of College Station for 27 years.