Six-year-old Ethan Dean of Rancho Cordova, Calif., got to become a garbage collector for a day thanks to Make-a-Wish Foundation and waste and recycling company Waste Management. Ethan, who has cystic fibrosis, made five stops around Sacramento in his own personalized garbage truck as local residents cheered him on.
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Six-year old Ethan Dean of Rancho Cordova can claim many titles, including soccer player, Star Wars fan, and first-grader. On Tuesday morning, he added another to that list: Sacramento’s most popular garbage man.
Ethan has cystic fibrosis. On Tuesday, he lived out his dream of being a garbage collector with the help of the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Sacramento’s Waste Management agency. Riding in a truck with Sam Turman, Ethan made five stops in midtown and downtown Sacramento. Hundreds of people came out to cheer him on.
Ken Dean, Ethan's dad, followed him along the route. At Sacramento City Fire Station No. 2 on I Street, he talked about the community’s participation.