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Old Greenwich neighborhood honors worker for decades of service

December 24, 2018

GREENWICH — Cleveland “Rudy” Hall collected trash in the same Greenwich neighborhood for 32 years.

But in November — two months before he was set to retire — Hall’s diabetes spiked. He was hospitalized and half his foot was amputated. He is still recovering in the hospital today.

Because he was never able to return to work, Hall wasn’t able to enjoy the planned going away party the St. Claire Homeowners Association planned to host in his honor. So some residents brought the recognition they believed he deserved right to his bed at Stamford Hospital.

“I was so proud of it,” the Stamford resident said of the plaque presented to him by the Old Greenwich neighborhood group. “All the years I spent out there in all types weather, they showed me they appreciated all that by giving me something like that.”

On top of the plaque, Hall also received $900 and various gifts from residents.

“It ain’t about money,” he said. “It’s the plaque that made me feel good to know that they appreciate me.”

Al Amato, one of the residents who visited Hall, said he wanted to acknowledge and remember the man for his work.

“It was amazing,” Amato said of the visit. “He was almost moved to tears. I got emotional, too.”

Hall, who will be 60 next month, said it has been a blessing to be visited by people from the neighborhood.

“My eyes are just now getting better,” said Hall, describing a little difficulty recognizing people on his former route. “But when they get close, I (see them.) And it brings a smile to my face.”

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