“High Five from Governor Baker”

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Guest Post by MWRA Staff

It’s kind of a long story, but it’s a good one.
Just before Labor Day, Mr. and Mrs. O. Bradley Latham of Pine Ridge Road in Reading approached Alejandro Alvarez, an assistant civil engineer working on MWRA’s Northern Intermediate High project with what they thought was an impossible request.
It seemed their son Josh was returning from Afghanistan and they were throwing a welcome home party. They wondered if there was anything that could be done to tidy up the street in front of their house, which looked very much like a large construction zone.
Alejandro assured Mrs. Latham that MWRA was very supportive of veterans and he would do whatever he could.
Alejandro worked with construction coordinator Jerry Sheehan and the contractor, Albanese D&S, and had the site cleaned up and a large valve and other equipment moved.
As an added touch, communications specialist Barbara Allen made a poster welcoming Josh home, which was framed by facilities specialists Paul Hynes and Derick Olivar, then delivered to the Latham’s front yard.
Mr. and Mrs. Latham were so overcome with joy that they wrote a letter to Fred Laskey detailing what had happened and sent a copy to Governor Baker.
A few days later, Fred got a call from the Governor’s office saying he was so moved by the story that he was inviting everyone up to the State House on September 19th to give them the Governor’s High Five Award “in celebration of the extraordinary act of kindness and caring.” The award goes on to say that “It is citizens like you who set an example for us all to aspire to. We are proud to commend your outstanding character and contribution to your community.”
Congratulations to all for a job well done!