Johnny Tolliver Sr.
Company: City of Berkeley-Zero Waste
Years of Service: 25 years
Comments: Neighbors rushed to Tolliver’s aid after the accident and he was rushed to a hospital but died there later in the day, city spokesman Matthai Chakko said. Tolliver had been with Berkeley’s garbage pickup service, the Zero Waste Division, for 25 years.
“We’re trying to do whatever we can to support the family and his coworkers in Zero Waste,” Chakko said.
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates issued a statement expressing his remorse at Tolliver’s death Tuesday.
“It was a terrible shock to all of us who work for the City, and I am deeply saddened by the death of one of our highly valued and esteemed employees,” Bates said. “I join with many others here in extending our deepest sympathies for the immeasurable grief experienced by those who knew and loved him.”
We will not forget you, Johnny Tolliver Sr..
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.