Small gesture leaves big impression
A City of Courtenay street sweeper is getting lots of praise after his act of kindness was caught on camera.
Wendel Lamb, who has worked for the City for 16 years, was cleaning streets in East Courtenay last week when he crested a hill to see a young girl using chalk to make art on the pavement in front of her home.
“I saw her out on the road when I was coming up and she pulled the chalk back and then ran over towards you (her father) and I could see this worried look. She was looking at me then looking out at the road and looking at me again,” said Lamb.
Brielle’s father Mikhail had been taking pictures of the art on his phone so he decided to record video of the street sweeper going by.
Lamb says he figured the right thing to do was lift the sweepers to save the art for the young girl. Once past the art he lowered them again, drove away and didn’t think twice about it, not knowing the gesture had been recorded. He was finally made aware Tuesday, when he was told the Pronick family had shared the video with the City of Courteny to say thank you.
The video has received thousands of views on both the City Facebook page as well as the CHEK News Facebook page.
“I know that it makes my daughter happy that her artwork was saved. I think it’s nice to see that people still care,” said Brielle’s mother Kristen.