David J. Evans, 52, was killed along his morning route when a driver hit him as he was loading trash into the back of his truck. A medical helicopter took him to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He'd worked for Rumpke for 15 years.
"It's gut-wrenching, honestly. Our first thought is our driver, our driver's family," Rumpke safety manager Bridgett Biggs said.
Gary Eggers, a 19-year veteran with Rumpke, works a similar route in Middletown. Working for Rumpke, he said, is like a “brotherhood.”
“You lose a brother, one's down, it hits everybody you know,” Eggers said.
Since Evans’ death, Eggers has received tokens of appreciation and thank you letters from total strangers.
“Some people that left notes, I've never even met them,” Eggers said. “That means a lot."
Roses left on lids of trash cans now adorn the back of Eggers’ truck, a reminder that someone cares, and that Evans will never be forgotten.