SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Sarno, Department of Public Works Director Chris Cignoli, and the DPW solid waste crews were saddened to hear of Putnam Vocational High School student David Pendroza’s passing due to cancer.

According to the news release sent to 22News, in November of 2020, Mayor Sarno, Cignoli and DPW crews honored David, as he was battling his second bout with cancer, as a lifetime honorary member of the Springfield Department of Public Works Sanitation Department.  It was his dream to one-day work for his hometown’s DPW as a truck driver.  Sarno, Cignoli, and DPW crews presented David with an honorary plaque and his very own DPW vest.  The mayor also presented David with a mayoral citation recognizing and honoring David for his school work and perseverance.     

“David Pedroza was a brave and proud young man who fought a courageous battle to defeat cancer.  I have spoken with his mom, Ms. Rivera, yesterday afternoon and this morning.  Unfortunately, David has passed away.  All he ever wanted to be was a proud DPW worker.  Well David, your now up in heaven and their DPW has welcomed you with open arms.  On behalf of myself, DPW Director Chris Cignoli and our whole DPW family, we offer our sympathy, thoughts, prayers and encouragement to you Ms. Rivera, family and friends.  May God rest his soul.”

Mayor Sarno