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Dirty Jobs: People who make our lives easier

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 | Posted by

Trent Lorenz is a mechanic with A.C.E. Automotive in Rohnert Park. (Kent Porter / PD)

Most of us avoid dirt whenever possible, but some people roll up their sleeves and dig right in. They’re the ones who make life easier for the rest of us by trapping rats, hosing down stalls, tromping through fire scenes and hauling away junk.

In this Dirty Jobs issue of Towns, we celebrate a few of those hardworking folks who aren’t afraid of soot, rodents, mud, bodily fluids, grease, bar fights or dead bodies. They say they love their jobs and consider themselves fortunate to have found a niche, but all are candid about the ways they cope.

“I definitely shower before I go to bed,” says Peter Ryan, doorman at Healdsburg’s John & Zeke’s Bar. “Sometimes you just have to get the stink off.”

Tales from a grease monkey in Rohnert Park

Watching the door and keeping the peace in Healdsburg

Helping families deal with death in Cloverdale

Captain Kirk, the chimney sweep in Sebastopol

The poop on wildlife care in Santa Rosa

Getting to the bottom of a fire in Windsor

Clay Green digs big holes in Geyserville

When it’s time for heavy lifting in Sonoma

Find blood on the highway in Guerneville


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Ann Hutchinson is our Santa Rosa correspondent.
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