Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

After years of dreaming of working for the trash, the Albuquerque man becomes a driver

Many children dream of becoming doctors or lawyers, and sometimes many of us go through many careers before finding the right one. Philip Barajas has always had an interest in the big and noisy garbage trucks. His grandmother, Rachel Barajas old, said: ” Hey, Nana, this is where the rubbish comes from. And he’d run to the window and see. ”His mother Diane Barajas said,“ From the moment his grandma bought his first toy garbage truck. He played with it for hours and that’s what he wanted to do. ”Since Philip was a shy kid, his grandmother encouraged him to do something nice to talk to his local garbage collector. “It was best to give them treats and they start talking to you and it kind of tears you out of your shell,” said Barajas. Eventually they all got to know him well. Donald Lucero collected trash in the neighborhood for years, so often that Philip knew his exact route. Lucero said, “Every time I turned the corner, he was there. So I waved to him like ‘Hey’ at least 40-50 times a day. So he knew exactly where I was going. That’s how we became friends. ”To make his dream come true, the people he looked up to helped him become what he is today through the challenges he faced. “Donald Lucero, probably one of the best drivers I know. My best friend, he picks up the recycling from my home. He really inspired me and I can honestly call him a father figure, ”said Philip. Just days before Christmas, the family had tears in their eyes when they first saw Philip doing the job he has dreamed of all his life, it was as if his dream came true and our dream came true for all of us because we were all about to root it, ”said his grandma. Lucero held back the tears and said, “The city is lucky to have this guy. You are lucky. I’m getting suffocated over here. ”Before Barajas started working with solid waste, he asked for a tour of the department as a teenager and has been mentored ever since.

Many children dream of becoming doctors or lawyers, and sometimes many of us go through many careers before finding the right one.

Philip Barajas has always had an interest in the big and noisy garbage trucks.

His grandmother, Rachel Barajas old, said, “He would say, Nana, this is the garbage. And he would run to the window and see. ”

His mother Diane Barajas said, “From the moment his grandma bought his first toy garbage truck. He played with it for hours and that’s what he wanted to do. ”

Since Philip was a shy child, his grandmother encouraged him to do something nice to talk to his local garbage collector.

“It was best to give them treats and they start talking to you and it kind of tears you out of your shell,” said Barajas.

Eventually everyone got to know him well. Donald Lucero collected trash in the neighborhood for years, so often that Philip knew his exact route.

Lucero said, “Every time I turned a corner, he was there. So I waved to him like ‘Hey’ at least 40-50 times a day. So he knew exactly where I was going. That’s how we became friends. ”

Through the challenges he faced to make his dream come true, the very people he looked up to helped him to be where he is today.

“Donald Lucero, probably one of the best drivers I know. My best friend, he picks up the recycling from my home. He was really an inspiration to me and I can honestly call him a father figure, ”said Philip.

Just days before Christmas, the family had tears in their eyes when Philip first got the job he’d dreamed of all his life.

“It was like his dream came true and our dream came true for all of us because we were all there to root him,” said his grandma.

His mentors recognize the passion and dedication he has for being the neighborhood garbage man.

Lucero held back the tears and said, “The city is lucky to have this guy. You are lucky. I’m suffocating over here. ”

Before Barajas started working on solid waste, he asked for a tour of the department as a teenager and has been mentored ever since.

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