In November 2020, Mayor Sarno, DPW Director Cignoli and DPW Solid Waste 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 hometowns DPW as a truck driver. Mayor Sarno, Director Cignoli and DPW crews presented David with an honorary plaque and his very own DPW vest. Mayor Sarno also presented David with a mayoral citation recognizing and honoring David for his school work and perseverance.
Mayor Sarno states, “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.”