Kenny “Top Gun” Ciola enjoys driving trucks, so it’s only fitting that he be the one to bring home the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA) first place trophy in the annual Snow Plow Roadeo sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Street and Highway Officials (CASHO) that took place in Wallingford on Oct. 15.
Drivers from cities and towns from across the state were rated according to their driving proficiency, skills and safe driving abilities. This is Orange’s first win since 1997.
According to Ciola, he had to drive through a very tight course lined with white and orange traffic cones, including some placed under mailboxes. “The objective is to take out the smaller white cones and leave the big orange cones. We’re timed and judged on bringing the truck in all different directions and you have to swoop into an alley dock that’s really tight and you can’t knock anything over in there,” he said. “You’re not supposed to hit any mailboxes, I admit I got a couple, but I got more white cones than mailboxes.”
Ciola and Donny Foyer Jr. both competed in the single axle class 4 competition and Ciola wasn’t the only winner, the Town’s 2013 Mack “Truck #73” that he drove in the competition, earned a plaque for “Best In Show.”
“I enjoy what I do,” said Ciola, who’s been with the department for 9 years.
The handsome trophy (with snowflakes on the columns) is on display in the Highway Department break room.