Regarding the letter “Dump the chaplain” (1/16 ), where the gentleman rambles how the Department of Sanitation doesn't need a chaplain and our job is just dealing with bad odors and we face no danger, I'm sorry that you feel that way, but do your research, our job is one of the most dangerous.
I can't tell you how many times I've come within inches of getting killed by impatient, speeding or reckless drivers. It's people like you that don't notice us and don't respect the job that we are doing.
Besides the fact of dealing with heavy machinery and toxic and hazardous substances, DSNY has more injuries to its workers than the FDNY and DSNY combined.
I'm sure many other Sanitation workers who read your letter were appalled, because thy know that unlike me, many haven't been so lucky to go home at the end of the day to their families.
How dare you! I guess we'll forever be the invisible “white elephants.” In the words of Rodney Dangerfield, “no respect, I tell ya.”
We were there on 9/11, we were there at Sandy. The people of Rockaway saw us give them our all to help them in the first step of rebuilding their lives.
I say a prayer everyday before I get in that truck, so Richard Reif, we do need a chaplain!
Mike and All of DSNY