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BLUE SPRINGS, MO – There are many heroes in a young child’s life. They love the magic of Santa, the crime-fighting of Batman and a little boy also adds his trash man to that list. A garbage collector’s job is a tough one, requiring speed, strength and a bit of character.
Casey Henley leaps curbs, scales driveways and hauls trashcans. He started dressing like Batman months ago and soon met a special kid who wondered what Batman was up to.
“And I told him I’m dumping your trash. And he asked why. I told him that Batman’s broke, he needs a day job,” Henley said.
And so began a great friendship between a little boy who loves trash trucks and a ‘Trashman’ who loves his job.
This week, ‘Trashman’ left a present of Batman-themed toys.
Little Jace came out wearing his Batman mask to thank the hero.
“I look like you Batman,” he exclaimed.
To add to his special day, ‘Trashman’ gave the little guy a tour of his truck.
“You are so strong,” Jace shouted as ‘Trashman’ heaved the content of a trashcan into the back of his truck.
‘Trashman’and his crew really unsung heroes. A few weeks ago they rescued an older woman who had fallen in her driveway.
“She’d been laying out there a long time,” one of them explained.
It was cold and raining.
“We waited for ambulance to show up. I even picked up all the leaves off her face,” Henley said.
Jace and ‘Trashman’ have a gift that is priceless, a friendship that started out in the small everyday moments that most throw away.
By Angie Ricono, KCTV