‘Team Clean Sweep’ Special Needs Worker Doug Query Hit by Car on SW 148th
by Davy Desmond
I sat across from Doug Query on a recent, blustery Thursday afternoon.
He’s one of four full-time special needs individuals who set out each week to eliminate litter and keep Burien clean, as part of Discover Burien’s “Team Clean Sweep.”
“I love my job,” Query told me, which might be surprising to some since he was recently hit – and seriously injured – by a car.
Query was walking on SW 148th street when a car backed out – and right into him – primarily hitting his cart. He flipped with the cart, landing on his shoulder and head. Query dislocated his collar bone, and had to get surgery. He’ll be recuperating until March 18, and hopes to make a full recovery and get back out there as soon as he is able.
Team Clean Sweep is a win-win situation for everyone. It began in 2004, and the individuals pick up trash and litter in the downtown commercial community. They work a minimum of 10 hours a week and the community has been extremely supportive through the years. The program saves the city a lot of money, while raising our standards of service.
He takes pride in having his own route. He works for three hours each week on Mondays and Wednesdays, and four hours on Friday. He’s a hard worker, and a brave soul, even after what happened a few weeks ago.
Doug, a 55-year old man originally from St. Louis, moved here in 2001 and decided to work with Team Clean Sweep.
Apart from Team Clean Sweep, Doug keeps very busy. He is also actively involved in the parks department in Kent. He does bowling, track and ﬁeld, softball, art classes, dances, and is a brilliant artist. He’s sold a few pieces and enjoys every medium out there.
So, next time you’re downtown on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday, keep an eye out for four very hard working people in yellow jackets and white t-shirts say a thanks and also give them a high-five.
Here’s a video showing Doug and Team Clean Sweep in action: