Posted Monday, March 25th, 2019

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Freeholder Director Doug Cabana, and Assemblyman Anthony Bucco joined members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 140 and a host of local volunteers on Saturday (March 23) to scour the banks of the Whippany River in Morristown for litter while participating in the 9th annual Whippany River clean-up.

(l/r) Freeholder Doug Cabana, Sheriff James M. Gannon, Sheriff’s Office Corporal Laura Bertelli, Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 140 members Chris Primamore,, Steven Fasano, and Vani Gupta; and state Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco.

(l/r) Freeholder Doug Cabana, Sheriff Jim Gannon, Sheriff’s Corporal Laura Bertelli, Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 140 members Chris Primamore,, Steven Fasano, and Vani Gupta; and Assemblyman Anthony Bucco

Two Explorer’s Post advisers, Sheriff’s Corporal Laura Bertelli and Sergeant Walter Rawa, accompanied teen 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.

Sheriff’s Explorers Chris Primamore, left, and Steven Fasano, help beautify the banks and surrounding area of the Whippany River

Sheriff’s Explorers Chris Primamore, left, and Steven Fasano, help beautify the banks and surrounding area of the Whippany River

Freeholder Cabana, Sheriff Gannon, and Assemblyman 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 and Bethel Church.

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.

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.

Explorer Post 140 member Vani Gupta collected litter with fellow Explorers at the annual Whippany River clean-up

Explorer Post 140 member Vani Gupta collected litter with fellow Explorers at the annual Whippany River clean-up

Sheriff’s Sergeant Walter Rawa managed to dislodge a faded red ladder that was partially embedded in the muddy bottom of the Whippany River in Morristown

Sheriff’s Sergeant Walter Rawa managed to dislodge a faded red ladder that was partially embedded in the muddy bottom of the Whippany River in Morristown