Posted Wednesday, February 17th, 2016


Henry (Hank) Sawoski of Morris Plains has been honored by the Morris County Board of Freeholders for 20 years of volunteer service in the county’s battle against one of its peskiest and most persistent enemies: The Mosquito.


(L/R) Freeholder Doug Cabana, Mayor Frank Druetzler, Freeholders Deborah Smith,  Hank Lyon, Kathy DeFillippo, Hank Sawoski, and Freeholder John Cesaro

Sawoski received a resolution of congratulations from the freeholders last week in Morristown for his service in three different decades on the Morris County Mosquito Extermination Commission and later as chairman of the county’s Mosquito Control Advisory Board.

Fittingly, the resolution was presented to Sawoski just after a presentation made to the county governing board on the mosquito-borne Zika virus.


Even these pesky little guys gave a tip of the hat, or wing, to Hank Sawoski!

“Hank Sawoski has exemplified the long tradition of volunteerism, spirit of community, and concern for the future of our county,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “He has made significant contributions to Morris County’s efforts to control mosquitoes in an efficient and effective manner through a comprehensive and environmentally safe control program.’’

Sawoski served from May 1995 to June 2015, first as a member and 15-year president of the Mosquito Commission and then as chairman of the county’s new Mosquito Advisory Board until his retirement in 2015.

“We congratulate Hank Sawoski for his dedication, devotion and his outstanding service to the people of Morris County, and commend him for being a shining example of one of Morris County’s greatest assets – its volunteers,’’ said Freeholder John Cesaro, the board’s liaison to mosquito control issues.

Sawoski, who is very active in the history of his hometown, was joined at the award presentation by Morris Plains Mayor and former Freeholder Frank Druetzler, who also served on the Mosquito Commission with Sawoski.