If you live in the South area of West Sacramento, Craig Marquette is probably a familiar sight. You have probably seen him in his neon green safety vest, pulling his collapsible utility cart.
If you have driven by Craig, you may have wondered about him. Hopefully, you slow down and give him a smile and a wave. Craig is picking up his neighbor's garbage. He collects glass, aluminum, plastics and other recyclables on the side of roads, along with cigarette butts and whatever else he finds on the ground. Craig is keeping our community clean.
For the people of West Sacramento, Craig is truly an Unsung Hero.
Craig hits the streets at 7 a.m. and covers about 8 miles along the same route five days a week. He take a break on Sundays and Tuesdays for church and bible study which he hosts at his house.
Craig was born with an intellectual disability that he never let get in his way of his incredible work ethic and drive to be someone vitally important to his community.
"Craig is an inspiration to all of us," said Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator and pediatrician representing the Sacramento region. "By caring for his neighbors and giving back to his community, Craig epitomizes what the Senate District 6 Unsung Hero Award represents."
Craig was born in Hawaii and then moved to the Bay Area with his family. When his mother passed away, he went to live with his sister and brother-in-law in Fairfield, before they relocated to West Sacramento five years ago.
Craig's sister, Eileen suffers from a painful and disabling back condition as well, and Craig is able to contribute to his family's household income by collecting the recyclables. On a good month, Craig is able to make a few hundred dollars, which he contributes to his family's living expenses.
Craig loves spending time with his family, including his great-nephew, listening to music and is a Giants fan. If you see Craig on the roadside, we hope you slow down, waive and say "hello". Craig is truly an Unsung Hero and we thank him for taking pride in our neighborhood and overcoming his own hardships to give back.