FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2006
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND SANITATION COMMISSIONER DOHERTY HONOR FALLEN SANITATION WORKER RODNEY PAGE AT QUEENS GARAGE RENAMING CEREMONY
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner John J. Doherty today presided over the renaming of the Department's Queens East District 10 Garage in South Ozone Park in honor of Sanitation Worker Rodney Page, who died in the line of duty in 2005. Led by the DSNY Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band and full Sanitation Honor Guard, Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Doherty, and the Page family unveiled a plaque renaming Queens East 10 Garage, the "Rodney Page Garage."
"Our Sanitation Workers labor tirelessly every day to keep New York City clean," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Often, their job is not only physically taxing, but also dangerous. Yet, these brave men and women keep our 6,300 miles of streets clean and free of snow in the toughest conditions. Rodney Page was serving the City he loved when he tragically died a year ago. His name on Queens East 10 Garage will remind all his colleagues of his sacrifice and his commitment to our City. We will not forget him."
"By naming this garage after Rodney, we remember one of New York's Strongest who lost his life serving this great city," said Commissioner Doherty. "Sanitation Worker Page made a significant impact on his colleagues, many of whom remember his love of life and music. With this dedication we are reminded how dangerous sanitation work is. We thank the Page family for allowing us to honor their loved one for all that he gave us."
Sanitation Worker Page, 37, a Flushing, Queens resident, joined the Department in July 2000, and was assigned to the Queens East District 10 Garage. He was beloved by his colleagues for his quick wit and love of music. On February 7, 2005, he died when the truck he was driving collided with the rear of a flatbed trailer truck on the western spur of the New Jersey Turnpike. He is survived by his wife Ingrid and daughter Isolo, age 13.
The Queens East District 10 Garage, which serves the Ozone Park, Howard Beach, South Ozone Park and Richmond Hill neighborhoods, was first opened in 1964, and has a total of 80 vehicles including 12 collection trucks, 12 recycling trucks, numerous street sweepers and salt spreaders, and a staff of 120 sanitation workers.
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