Editor:

I want to take a moment to show gratitude and appreciation for Cecil Rockwell… the gentleman who has worked hard for hundreds of residents of Maquoketa for many years as a waste collector. He may not know it, but he’s an integral part of our lives. 

Waste collection seems like a thankless job. It’s easy for all of us to unintentionally take this service for granted. But, when we really think about it, Cecil has been here for us at every rite of passage and life event. When we moved into our home, welcomed new babies, hosted birthdays, and holiday gatherings … without fail, Cecil has loyally arrived week after week to help us tidy up. Whether it’s raining or shining, in the midst of a blizzard, on a holiday, and even in the wake of his own grief, Cecil is there. 

Cecil probably isn’t aware of how many tantrums he’s resolved by simply rolling down the street in his “big truck” at the right time. Our children will drop their toys, tablets and tantrums to run to the front window and watch in awe as Cecil rolls in to help us clean up. 

A true essential worker, Cecil has continued to carry out waste removal services which are crucial to public and environmental health without one single hiccup. We are immensely grateful to Cecil for continuing to do a hard, and potentially risky, job during these extremely challenging times.

You’re essential, Cecil. To our family and our community. And we thank you. 

Brad, Marie, Lincoln and

Evelyn Young

Maquoketa