Company: Waste Connection
Years of Service: 25
Comments: “He worked there for 25 years,” said Waste Connections Operations Supervisor Chris Smith.
For a number of years, Karl Brown called Riverfest home. He worked with his team day and night keeping the place clean.
“Everybody knew him. Everybody loved him. He was a great dude,” Smith said.
Brown died at work on May 1, 2016.
“I rush into the office and Jeff and Robbie are in there. They are doing CPR on him and right then it becomes surreal, it’s a dream,” Smith said.
Smith said he wishes it was a dream
“It is tough,” he said.
Smith was Brown’s right-hand-man for two decades. Riverfest 2016 is his first Rivferfest without Brown by his side. This year, Brown is on his sleeve.
“KB-119 stands for Karl Brown. That was his truck number,” Smith said.
Brown’s truck number and his initials are on the worker’s shirts and on their equipment. Smith said it’s as if Brown is with the team cheering them on through the good times and the dirty ones.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – For so
We will not forget you, Karl Brown.
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.