Luis – Big Up The Caye’s Silent Hero!

On August 23, 2012 in Caye Caulker, Culture, Exploring Caye Caulker

Luis hard at work!Luis Alcocer - a good man!

When you live here, year in and year out – you get to realize that in the day to day running of Caye Caulker there are some silent heros.  These are the people who really do make a difference  to our community but they get very little acknowledgement or praise for what they actually do.

One such person that will always have my huge respect is Luis Alcocer.  Luis has been born and raised in Caye Caulker, truthfully not far from the Raggamuffin Tours office – and for 10 of his 29 year life, he has worked at the Village Council.  Now truthfully there are a number of willing and able men and women that work at the Village Council (all of whom really should get a mention) but Luis has been one of the longest standing and that deserves a medal itself!!

Luis is the man that we have to thank for our clean streets.  He walks up and down the island daily raking and picking up garbage and fallen tree leaves making the streets that have captured the imagination of so many, the picturesque images that they are today.  What makes his job so unbearably exhausting is the tropical heat and humidity he has to undertake his work – and that, twinned with the unrelenting sunshine beating down on his head, would be enough to make most of us give up after a week – never mind 10 years!

What makes this man our hero today is that even though he has one of the toughest jobs in the world, Luis is one of the friendliest and charming characters on the street today.  He remains so up-beat, despite being layered with thick clothes and hat to protect him from the sun – his demeanor being more of a person on the way to the Split for a relaxing swim and a beer than somebody at work!

One of Luis’s water stops is Raggamuffin, as he always stops in to fill up his bottle with our cold water – always polite, always grateful for his small reward and always, always with a huge smile on his face.

Thank you Luis for all your hard work for Caye Caulker – your endeavors have not gone un-noticed!

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