Paradise traffic control flagger gains traction online for acts of kindness

A traffic control flagger in Paradise is getting a lot attention on Facebook for his small acts of kindness.

Posted: Jun 10, 2019 10:35 PM
Updated: Jun 11, 2019 9:12 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - A traffic control flagger in Paradise is getting a lot of attention on Facebook for his small acts of kindness.

"All the folks that smile and wave, I try to remember everybody's face," said Marcus Mitchiner, a traffic control flagger at Total Traffic Control. 

Sometimes a small act of kindness can be a powerful thing.

"One person can make a difference for everybody," Mitchiner said.

Mitchiner has a front-row view of the rebuilding progress in Paradise.

"A lot of people are out here doing their own personal thing, checking on their homes and seeing where the progress of their homes are at," Mitchiner said.

But he's got a few tricks up his sleeve, bringing some extra positivity to the town while on the job.

"I dance, do little Fortnite dances for the kids," Mitchiner said.

"You go home and you talk about it with the family. You see that guy? And the kids talk about oh we love him," said D.J. Gomes, a Camp Fire survivor. 

It's small things like that that make people's days.

"Without fail we know we're going to see Marcus and he's going to put a smile on everybody's faces. It makes a huge difference," said Wendy Gomes, a Camp Fire survivor.

Total Traffic Control said Mitchiner waves to about 1,000 customers at his intersection on Neal Road every single day.

Gomes shared a photo of Mitchiner on Facebook that's now received more than 1,000 likes.

"That surprised me a little bit, that did surprise me that there were so many likes. I guess people are just looking for the positive," Gomes said. 

"I love my job, there's nothing more than what I'd rather be out here doing than bringing joy and happiness to the folks in Paradise," Mitchiner said.

Total Traffic Control said their employees will still remain in Paradise for another few months as the debris continues to get cleared. They have about 140 employees working throughout Paradise. 

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