NEW BRITAIN - Cameron Catlett, a 13-year-old student at Slade Middle School, received a special certificate of recognition from the city of New Britain during a Common Council meeting Wednesday night for his selfless and inspiring voluntary service of picking up trash and litter around downtown New Britain.
Known by local business owners, neighbors and residents as “Cam the Man,” he could be seen every day riding around downtown New Britain on his bike, picking up trash and recruiting like-minded people to do the same.
His good deed caught the attention of several local business owners and with the power of social media, it was brought to the city’s attention.
Mayor Erin Stewart, who presented the certificate of recognition, said the young boy is setting an incredible example for the community to follow.
“When you do something like this, you do it because you want to, not because you want to get recognition,” she said. “We appreciate that you took the initiative to do this. Not only have you brought people together to help, you’re turning things around in this city and we’re proud to call you a resident of New Britain.”
Cameron took a moment to thank his family and friends for supporting him in his endeavors during the meeting.
To the absolute joy of many in the audience, Cameron also went around the dais, handing out thoughtfully wrapped trash bags with the label “Join Cam’s Crew” on it to help inspire local government officials to follow in his footsteps.
“You have renewed hope for us and the city through your selfless act,” said Alderman Carlo Carlozzi.
James Jones, dean of Slade Middle School, said Cameron is also doing the same thing at school and has already inspired other students to help keep the school clean.
“He has encouraged us to do more and I just wanted to take a moment to thank him for it,” Carlozzi said.