This month’s #IAMKDOT feature is Ciro Chavez.
Ciro began his career with KDOT as an Equipment Operator Trainee at the Lakin Subarea in southwest Kansas in October 2015. He earned his CDL in December of 2015 and transferred to the Garden City Subarea in April of 2016. He was then promoted to Equipment Operator in April 2016 and transferred to the District Paint Crew in July of 2017.
When Ciro is not at work he enjoys several outdoor activities including four wheeling and fishing. He is a music fan, a son and role model. Many would also describe him as a fighter and survivor.
Prior to his employment at KDOT, Ciro was an EMT but he never thought he’d be the one to call 911. Last year, he was involved in a head-on collision. His recovery may have taken several months, but he’s here to tell his story. And his story is one of 20 stories that will be shared from people telling why traffic safety is so important to them.
The four-week series begins this Wednesday and will continue until Oct. 10. Please read Ciro and everyone’s blogs that are part of the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day safety campaign that focuses on reducing all types of traffic fatalities. Whether you are in a vehicle, on a bike/motorcycle or walking, the goal is for you to safely get where you are going.
#IAMKDOT is an illustration project that recognizes KDOT employees who work hard to keep Kansans moving. This series also serves as a reminder for travelers to slow down and remember that underneath those neon vests are individuals with families, friends and hobbies waiting for them at home.
Do you know a KDOT worker that deserves recognition? Nominations are open! Email Mallory.Goeke@KS.gov today to get started!