Morris County Sheriff’s Office Explorer’s Post 140 Helps To Beautify Whippany River

Three members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 140 on Saturday, March 23, climbed hillsides and scoured the banks of the Whippany River in Morristown for litter while participating in the 9th annual Whippany River clean-up.

Sheriff and Explorers at annual Whippany River cleanup
At the 9th annual Whippany River clean-up in Morristown on March 23, from left: Morris County Freeholder Douglas Cabana, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Sheriff’s Office Corporal Laura Bertelli, Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 140 Member Chris Primamore, Explorer Steven Fasano, Explorer Vani Gupta, and state Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco.

Two Explorer’s Post advisers – Morris County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Laura Bertelli and Sergeant Walter Rawa – accompanied the teenage Explorers – Steven Fasano, Vani Gupta and Chris Primamore – on their quest to rid the riverbanks of a year’s accumulation of cans, bottles, plastic and Styrofoam.

Vani Gupta at the Whippany River cleanup
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 140 Member Vani Gupta collected litter with fellow Explorers at the annual Whippany River clean-up on March 23.

Intrepid Sergeant Rawa wrestled a rusty, 12-foot ladder out of the river, a tributary of the Rockaway River that attracts fishermen throughout the year.

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Morris County Freeholder Douglas Cabana and state Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco stopped by to thank all the litter collectors who had gathered by the river behind Bethel A.M.E. Church for the event held annually by the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee.

Morris County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Walter Rawa
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Walter Rawa managed to dislodge a faded red ladder that was partially embedded in the muddy bottom of the Whippany River in Morristown on March 23, 2019.

Bethel A.M.E. Pastor, Rev. Sidney Williams, blessed the group before they ventured out. The Morristown Department of Public Works contributed to the beautification by picking up the mounds of bags of collected litter.

Sheriff's Office Explorers at Whippany River cleanup
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 140 Members Chris Primamore, left, and Steven Fasano, help beautify the banks and surrounding area of the Whippany River during the annual Whippany River cleanup on March 23, 2019.