VIDEO: Garbage man gives Evansville boy Christmas present and another surprise

Published: Dec. 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 21, 2014 at 3:45 AM CST
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A four-year-old's fascination with the garbage man led to a special Christmas moment.

On Monday, 4-year-old Liam Sadler did what he always does. He waited patiently for the garbage man to make his routine stop.

However, this week, it was a special visit - one that came with a toy, and on Wednesday, 14 News teamed up with Republic Services to give Liam another surprise.

After two years of watching garbage truck videos on YouTube and two years of waiting patiently every Monday, Liam Sadler got a special gift from the man who drives his favorite truck. The Republic Services worker gave him a toy replica garbage truck. 

"To make little kids happy, you know, that's what it's all about," Brad Wirth, with Republic Services, says. 

For Liam, who dressed up as a garbage man last Halloween, getting the present was exciting.

For his parents, it was heartwarming. 

"It was really touching and heartfelt," Eric Sadler, Liam's father, says. 

Within days, the special moment captured on video, went viral on Facebook.

After seeing the video, 14 News tracked down the driver, Brad Wirth, and asked him if he could make another surprise stop at Liam's house Wednesday night. Brad obliged, and this time, Liam got a first-hand look at what it's like to be a driver.

"It was pretty neat to be able to show Liam the truck, you know, how it operates and he was able, he stepped inside of it," Wirth says. 

To Brad, his good deeds aren't worth the recognition.

"I'm just glad I was able to make his day," Wirth says. 

To Liam and his family, these small act of kindness are something they say they'll always carry with them, even if one day, Brad is no longer the special man collecting their trash.

"I think later on when he's older, he'll have a really good memory and keepsake of a special moment that he had when he was younger," Eric Sadler says.

Liam's parents and Brad both say they think the two have established a special bond.

They anticipate that come next Monday, Liam may be waiting for Brad on the curb.

Brad says as always, he'll be prepared to say hello and give him a honk.

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