Company: Department of Public Works Maryland
Years of Service: 23
Comments: Marcus Colbert, 30, died Monday in Laurel, Maryland.
Police say the driver of a SUV struck a parked car along Old Sandy Spring Road and then hit Colbert, who was at the back of the truck loading trash.
Colbert, a Department of Public Works employee, was crushed and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sanitation workers from across the region attended Colbert’s funeral to say goodbye and celebrate his life.
“We do the same dirty job, but we love what we do, otherwise, we wouldn’t do it. And it feeds our family, takes care of our family and he was part of our family,” said Sherman Garland, who works for the Bowie Department of Public Works.
Born and raised in Laurel, Colbert had worked for the public works department for more than a decade. He followed in the footsteps of his father, who worked for the department for 23 years.
Colbert was beloved on his trash route and was remembered for his strong work ethic.
“It’s a tough day for all of us,” said Laurel Mayor Craig Moe.
“I wish I
We will not forget you.
Together, let’s honor the memory of the men and women who have served by our side. Whether on the garbage trucks, delivering portable sanitation units, or working in the offices and repair shops, the employees of our industry serve important roles and are very special people. As we remember this fallen hero of the waste industry, we join with their family and co-workers to honor their service.