The season's dirtiest job goes to...

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX)-  Teddy Breland is spending his Christmas behind the wheel of a garbage truck.

It's just a regular day, just a regular day," he said as he drove down one of the unpaved roads of rural Stone County.

He left his family and started driving at 6:30 AM.  While Stone County enjoyed the holiday, he and two state trusties picked up what was left behind.

"We'll be out here until we get through," said Breland in reference to his holiday work hours.  "If it's eight hours, ten hours, twelve hours, we'll be here till we get through."

The county only has two garbage trucks, and can only get to each house once a week.  So while the business world stops for a holiday, Breland keeps going.  Otherwise, the county would have a critical waste management problem.

"It's better to go ahead and do it today," he said.  The vacation just wouldn't be worth the problems it would cause.  "You going to have to pull people from other job sites, and a lot of people don't know the routes, and it's really going to put a problem on everybody," he said.  "No doubt in my mind, you would have to work on Saturday, probably Sunday just to catch up. Just for that one day."

That's reason enough for Breland and his helpers gets their hands dirty.  "It's a job, and you gotta do it," he said.  "Somebody's gotta do it."

It's something Stone County residents have come to expect from people like Breland.  They stopped him and gave him Christmas gifts throughout the ride.  It's not the same as spending a holiday with family, but for Breland, it's a sacrifice he's willing to make.