Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Morris County Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Christopher Walker and Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Thomas Reilly were honored by the county board of freeholders yesterday for going above and beyond the call of duty during the blizzard last Saturday.

Walker-Reilly

Deena Leary, Chris Walker, Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, Tom Reilly, Sheriff Ed Rochford

During the height of the snowstorm, the two county employees were inside the parking garage at the county Administration Building in Morristown when they noticed what seemed to be a person attempting to venture out into the storm from the nearby Morristown senior housing complex on Ann Street.

The elderly man was buffeted by the storm and was struggling to stay on his feet.  Walker and Reilly rushed across the street to his aid, found that he had fallen in the snow and pulled him out of a snow bank.

Though the gentleman wanted to continue his journey — to go to a store on the Morristown Green to purchase bread — they were able to safely guide him back home.

Worried that the man might make another attempt to walk to the store, Walker found a local store that was still open, purchased a loaf and delivered it to the man at the housing complex.

“There are a lot of amazing people that I am fortunate to work with; Chris and Tom are definitely at the top at that list,’’ County Planning and Public Works Director Deena Leary said at today’s freeholder meeting, where the two employees received a hearty round of applause.

“That is the type selfless act and kindness that are not surprising from our county employees,’’ added Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “We tip our hats to these two men.’’

You can find a full account of the event, written by Daily Record reporter Peggy Wright, at:

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/local/2016/01/25/two-morris-county-employees-rescue-man-81-during-blizzard/79303766/