The Saskatchewan Roughriders have recognized an Estevan man as one of their SaskTel Everyday Heroes.
The Riders announced on Sept. 8 that they were saluting Kevin Sutter for Sutter’s efforts to go above and beyond. They noted that Sutter has been travelling through Alberta and Saskatchewan during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that everyone has safe drinking water, and that people are in place to ensure water and wastewater plants are running.
“He has had to live for weeks away from his family to make this happen. Kevin has been living in hotels and doing his best to ensure he is social distanced from everyone to ensure coverage is maintained to the plants,” the Riders said in a Facebook post.
Sutter retired from his job as the manager of the City of Estevan’s water division in 2017, following a lengthy career with the city. He has been helping other communities since retiring, and he has continued that during the pandemic.
“A lot of communities were building their secondary plans in case the COVID pandemic hit the operators of that community, and they wanted some backup in their operational staff, so I was making myself available so that if someone got sick, I could come in and help out that community. So I did that for a few communities.”
His last job was with an industrial client. Their water and wastewater operators were coming in from outside the province. They needed emergency staffing for the plant, so Sutter took the contract to help them out until they found a permanent employee.
He believes there are a lot of people who are worthy of the Everyday Heroes accolade, so he was surprised when he found out he would be recognized.
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