Road crew provides safe passage for city volunteer

Community: Joanne Butler appreciates protection and care from Stan Palmer Construction

Special to the HeraldNovember 6, 2013 

Stan Palmer Construction Project Superintendent Fred Sas makes sure Joanne Butler reaches the Puyallup Activity Center safely for her volunteer work.


When Fred Sas and his crew saw Joanne Butler walking to her volunteer work at the Puyallup Activity Center, they were worried.

Sas is a project superintendent for Stan Palmer Construction, and the 3rd Avenue Improvement Project runs directly from Butler’s apartment to the activity center.

“Joanne was cutting through here, and we befriended each other,” Sas said. “The crew and I supplied her with a hard hat and a vest.”

Sas said he and his employees like to make sure citizens are safe in and around project areas.

“My crews have all been informed to stop all equipment when they see people walking through the area to be sure they are safe,” Sas said.

Doug McCormick, supervisor of the Puyallup Activity Center, appreciates the attitude.

“We really appreciate Fred Sas,” McCormick said. “He has provided excellent customer service and has assisted our participants in getting from the parking lot to the activity center.”

Butler enjoys her work at the activity center. Born in Tacoma 68 years ago, she graduated from Lincoln High School and worked at Tacoma General Hospital for a number of years.

“I like to be busy,” she said. “Trudi Bocott and Doug McCormick are so good to me. I’m quite happy here. This is my second home.”

When Butler heads for her volunteer stint at the activity center, Sas escorts her all the way down the street to the front door.

“The crews are great,” she said.

Butler appreciates the special attention from the road crew and their concern for her safety.

“The best part is I get to keep the vest and the hat,” she said.

Joan Cronk is a freelance reporter for the Herald.

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