RTD employees test their skills at snowplow roadeo

Snowplow

While the first snowfall of the season could still be many weeks away, some among us think about snow all the time: how it falls, how it behaves, how we maneuver through it. One fun way to demonstrate such knowledge is through RTD’s snowplow roadeo, which drew 12 two-person teams to District Shops last week to complete written and diagnostic tests, plus a series of nine driving exercises, for both single- and tandem-axle plows. First-place finisher teams Leo Dowd and Martha Guzman (tandem) and John Prather and Dave Johnson (single) are headed to the 2021 Western Snow & Ice Conference and National Snow Roadeo in Loveland later this month, placing them in competition with teams from snowy places like Minnesota and Chicago.

The teams scoring second-place finishes were Chip Seedroff and Daniel Guerrero (tandem) and Andrew Kames and August Trujillo (single). John Oldham and Nate Barela (tandem) and Dave Waite and Shane Reposa (single) finished in third place. First-, second- and third-place finishers received cash prizes and a custom belt buckle. Top winners also took home a jacket. All participants enjoyed commemorative roadeo gifts and lunch.

General Manager and CEO Debra A. Johnson drove the course with Henry Stopplecamp, assistant general manager of capital programs. She told roadeo participants that what they do is challenging, said facilities maintenance manager Ron Posey, and that she has a newfound respect for their hard work. The event is an important means of showing employees that the agency – and the community – value their skills, Posey said.