The Morris County Sheriff’s Office’s Hope One mobile substance abuse recovery vehicle will participate on Saturday, February 16, in Mendham-based Daytop NJ’s first “Plunge For Recovery” at the 4th Avenue Beach in Asbury Park.
Anyone interested in taking a dip at 1 p.m. in the Atlantic Ocean to help pay for inpatient treatment of individuals recovering from addiction can register at daytopnj.org under Events, or the day of the plunge at Convention Hall. Registration starts at 10 a.m. at Convention Hall in Asbury Park.
Hope One was launched by Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon on April 3, 2017, as a program to bring critical services to people struggling with addiction, their families and friends. Twice a week, Hope One parks in areas throughout Morris County where at-risk people congregate and offers free Narcan training, information about recovery and mental health services, coffee, water, snacks – and a positive, non-judgmental approach.
Hope One is operated by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Unit in partnership with the Morris County Department of Human Services, the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Counties, and Morris County’s Prevention Is Key, Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES).
Kevin Hasenbein, a 19-year-old who has proved his talent on the Morristown High School football field, has scored a spring internship with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.
Kevin, who has Down Syndrome, officially started his new position Feb. 4 fulfilling tasks alongside Sheriff’s Office detectives in the Evidence Section.
His internship, slated to run through June 24, involves Kevin working at the Superior Courthouse on Mondays and in the Evidence Section on Wednesdays.
“I, along with all members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, welcome Kevin’s enthusiastic presence. His spirit and energy will make us better people,” Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said.
Kevin also is completing a separate internship on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the Civil Division of the Superior Court in Morristown.
Kevin, in 2018, obtained his Morristown High School diploma after fulfilling his graduation requirements at a school in Chatham. He returned to Morristown High School in the fall to participate in its Colonial Learning Independence For Employment, known as the Colonial L.I.F.E. program, which assists 18 to 21-year-old individuals learn basic employment skills.
Through Colonial L.I.F.E.’s partnerships with state Superior Court in Morris County and Morris County government, Kevin is tackling his internships, known as Structured Learning Experiences. Colonial L.I.F.E. Job Coach Jonathan Mestell will accompany Kevin while he works for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.
Kevin already achieved headline-making celebrity status in October 2018 during Morristown High School’s Homecoming football game against the Delbarton School.
Kevin’s younger brother, Eric, plays for the high school’s Colonials football team and Kevin is an honorary member and ardent fan. The Colonials arranged for Kevin to suit up for the Homecoming game and participate in a dazzling play in which he outran players to carry the ball 80 yards into the end zone to score a touchdown.
Morristown High School Transition Coordinator Patricia Herbert said Kevin is well-known and beloved at the high school.
“Kevin is very personable. He’s like a rock star at school. He’s always got a smile on his face and is truly a pleasure to be around,” Herbert said.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr., and Morris Township Police Chief Mark DiCarlo confirm the investigation of an alleged homicide.
On February 5, 2019, members of the Morris Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office assisted the New York Police Department in investigating a scene located at Bailey Hollow Road, Morris Township. The investigation is related to an alleged homicide.
The investigation remains ongoing and further information will not be released at this time. There is no danger to the public at this time.
If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, or Morris Township Police Department at 973-539-0777.
Any inquiries can be directed to the New York Police Department Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information at 646-610-6700.