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Southwest: The Magazine’s February Star … Maurice Alexander

MauriceAlexanderIf it’s broken, Maurice Alexander can fix it. As a Systemwide Senior Field Technician in St. Louis, Maurice spends his days keeping our airport terminals in full working order. Maurice’s journey with Southwest Airlines began in 1997 when, with a little nudge from his wife, Rosalind, he decided to give up being a self-employed general contractor to apply for a job at the LUV airline. “It was the best move of my life,” he says. “I don’t just love a part of the job—I love the entire job, and I enjoy the Southwest spirit.” Maurice not only applies his handyman skills to the airport terminal he is responsible for maintaining but also volunteers alongside his Southwest Coworkers to rebuild homes in his community. He has been known to help a Coworker (or two) with their home improvement projects as well. But his generosity doesn’t stop there. For the past 12 years, on the second Saturday of every month, Maurice has fixed up old cars to donate to less-fortunate families in St. Louis through his church’s auto ministry. “It’s a delight to give back to my community and to see others giving back as well,” he says. “I have a purpose to serve, and I enjoy serving.” Maurice counts every day as a blessing since beating colon cancer in 1999. He remembers waking up from surgery and seeing several of his Southwest Coworkers in his hospital room. “It made me realize that the battle was not just mine,” Maurice says. “I had my own family, my church family, and my Southwest Family all  pulling for me.” When he’s not focused on fixing things and helping others, Maurice enjoys swing dancing with his wife, roller-skating, and spending time with his four grown sons. “My boys thank  Southwest for the freedom the Company has given them to explore the country,” he says. Thank you, Maurice, for putting others first with your Servant’s Heart. You are an inspiration to all and a shining star in the Southwest Family. Photo courtesy of Wesley Law