Citizen of Merit
On March 8, 2016, Brian Parker, a man with special needs, was recognized at City Council for his volunteerism in our community.
In 2006, one winter's evening, Brian miraculously saved the life of an elderly woman. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time. While riding home on his bike through a vacant lot, he saw something fluttering in the wind. Thinking it was a sheet of plastic, he stopped and found a lifeless elderly woman instead. She was lying in the snow-drifted sagebrush in 14-degree weather dressed in a lightweight nightgown. Brian rushed home, told his father, then both quickly returned to her and realized she was Mrs. Griffin, a lady from their church. She suffered from a medical condition that caused delirium and confusion. Brian and his father carried her safely to her home and called 911. The medics were able to revive her. If she had been in the severe cold temperature much longer, she would not have survived.
Fast forward ten years. Brian, on a regular basis, takes care of hundreds of families in his neighborhood. Each week he goes from home to home taking out neighbor's recycling and trash bins for city pick-up. Then, he returns to every home to retrieve the empty containers at each curb to place them back in their proper places. Brian performs these services no matter the weather: rain, sleet, hail, snow or shine. The majority of the neighbors he assists are senior citizens over the age of 70.
In the process of helping, Brian has been hit by automobiles on two different occasions. When advising Brian that helping might be too dangerous, he simply pleaded, "But who will do that work? Who will help these people if I don't?"
The citizens of Sandy that benefit from his kind service and friendliness are truly fortunate and Brian has become endearing to all who know him.