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.
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.
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.
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.