2009-03-13 / Top Stories

FR Sanitation Worker Dies On Job

By Nicholas Briano

A sanitation worker died on the job yesterday morning when he collapsed while working in Far Rockaway, according to sanitation officials.

Stephen Dixon, 61, reportedly collapsed from an apparent heart attack while working around 10:45 a.m. He died shortly after arriving at St. John's Episcopal Hospital.

"I am deeply saddened by the death of Sanitation Worker Stephen Dixon who served our City nobly for nearly two decades. I know that I am joined in expressing condolences to his family by all members of New York's Strongest," Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said in a statement.

Dixon, a 19-year veteran, had been assigned to the Bureau of Cleaning and Collection in Far Rockaway.

"He did the back-breaking work that keeps our streets clean. Most New Yorkers don't know his name, but they know his work, and it is evident in the changes we have seen across this City in the last two decades. On behalf of the City he served, I extend my condolences to his wife Diane, their four children, and their many grandchildren. I ask all New Yorkers to keep them, and Stephen, in their thoughts and prayers," Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement.

Dixon lived in Springfield Gardens and is survived by his wife, their four children, and several grandchildren, according to officials.

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STEVE WAS A REAL NICE GUY I'M GLAD I HAD THE HONOR TO KNOW AND WORK WITH HIM ,REST IN PEACE STEVE.


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