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Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon Honored As A “Patriotic Employer”

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon has been cited as a Patriotic Employer of National Guard and Reservists by the United States Department of Defense.

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, right, receives a Patriotic Employer citation from Gerard J. Felt of the U.S. Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program.
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, right, receives a Patriotic Employer citation from Gerard J. Felt of the U.S. Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program.

Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Thomas Reilly – a National Guardsman who currently is serving his second deployment with Bravo Company, 104th Engineer Battalion – nominated Sheriff Gannon for the honor.

Gerard J. Felt, a volunteer with the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) program, hand-delivered a pin and a plaque to the Sheriff at his office in Morristown on Tuesday.

“I’m very honored and appreciative,” Sheriff Gannon said. “The Morris County Sheriff’s Office employs National Guard and Reservists of the highest character who sacrifice time away from their families and friends to  protect the freedoms we cherish.”

The Patriotic Employer citation given to Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.
The Patriotic Employer citation given to Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office currently has 12 officers between its Bureaus of Law Enforcement and Corrections actively serving in the National Guard or Reserves, and employs many other military veterans and former Guardsmen and Reservists.

ESGR was established in 1972 as a United States Department of Defense program that promotes cooperation and support between employers and employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves.

Reserve components of the United States Armed Forces include the Army National Guard, the Army Reserves, the Navy Reserves, the Marine Corps Reserves, the Air National Guard, the Air Force Reserve, and the Coast Guard Reserve.

Detective Reilly characterized Sheriff Gannon in his nomination as a fully supportive leader.

“Sheriff Gannon is very supportive of all military personnel. He never gives us a hard time if we miss work due to our National Guard obligations. He keeps in contact with our families while we are away and is willing to give any needed assistance at any time.”

The plaque names Sheriff Gannon as a Patriotic Employer for “Contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom by Supporting Employee Participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”

 

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon: Use Caution Around Legal Fireworks

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon urges everyone to enjoy legal fireworks under responsible adult supervision as part of the Fourth of July festivities, including the sparklers, snakes, glow works, smoke devices and trick noisemakers that can be legally bought and possessed in New Jersey.Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon: Use Caution Around Legal Fireworks

Other than certain hand-held and ground-based devices – legal in New Jersey since an amendment to the New Jersey Explosives and Fireworks Act in June 2017 — the sale, possession and use of all other fireworks require a valid permit issued by the municipality in which a fireworks display is planned, and approved by the fire and police chiefs.

Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sergeant Doug Meyer, who oversees the Office’s Bomb Squad, and the state Division of Consumer Affairs recommend tips to safely enjoy both the use of personal, legal fireworks and as an observer of permitted firework displays:

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon
  • Always have a responsible adult supervise children’s use of legal fireworks. According to the Division of Consumer Affairs, legal fireworks are limited to hand-held and ground-based sparklers, snakes, glow worms, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, party poppers, snappers and drop pops.
  • Caution should always be used while handling even the simplest fireworks. They are considered explosives and can still cause serious injury and damage to property.
  • Check the surrounding display area and remove combustible material. Don’t set off fireworks on grass. Keep a hose or full water bucket nearby in case of fire.
  • Since all fireworks are sensitive to heat, shock and friction, assure that proper attire and safe storage of bulk legal fireworks is strictly adhered to.
  • Do not introduce a flame or heat source around stored fireworks.
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe handling.
  • Do not handle fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is by attending local professional fireworks displays.

 

“Fireworks are part of the noisy, colorful Fourth of July summer tradition of celebrating our nation’s independence and freedom but please be responsible and law-abiding to avoid any injury or property damage,” Sheriff Gannon said.

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon: Use Caution Around Legal Fireworks

The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission’s latest statistics found that 68 percent of all fireworks injuries were sustained during the 30-day time period surrounding the Independence Day holiday.

Nationally, the latest available figures show, 1,100 injuries were attributed to  fireworks, mostly burns to the hand and head, including eyes, face and ears.

Public fireworks displays are scheduled at multiple locations in Morris County:

  • July 3: Dover, Hamilton Field Complex, 302 E. McFarlan Street. 6 p.m.
  • July 4: Denville, Gardner Field, 2 Savage Road. 7-9:30 p.m.
  • July 4: Mountain Lakes Games and Fireworks, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • July 6: Randolph, County College of Morris, Center Grove Road. 9:45 p.m.
  • July 4: Parsippany, Parsippany High School, 309 Baldwin Road. 7:30 p.m.
  • July 4: Florham Park, Emmett Field, Ridgedale Avenue. 8:15 p.m.
  • July 4: Chatham Borough, Chatham Middle School, 480 Main Street. 7 p.m.

 

 

Want To Wear The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Star? Take The N.J. Law Enforcement Examination

Do you aspire to serve the community as a law enforcement officer?  A job may await you, including at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.  Prepare for your future by taking the New Jersey Law Enforcement Examination.

Applications are available online beginning on July 1, 2019.  The application deadline is August 31, 2019.  An array of law enforcement jobs can be applied for, including Morris County Sheriff’s Officer, municipal police officer, and campus police officer recruit.

Visit the NJ Civil Service Commission website at www.nj.gov/csc.

Want To Wear The Morris County Sheriff's Office Star? Take The N.J. Law Enforcement Examination