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Garbage Men keep an Eye Out to Help Police

Working in alleys and places less traveled at odd hours gives garbage workers a unique view of the city. They also know what looks normal in a neighborhood and often blend into the surroundings. That’s why the Fairfield Police Department has teamed up with Republic Services for the “We are Looking Out for You” campaign.

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Drivers will pay attention in residential neighborhoods and around businesses. Michael Vannoy said his truck takes him to places that police may not get to. He said the hours he works makes him the only person moving on the block at some points.Police Chief Walt Tibbet said teaming with Republic is yet another way the city has upped its community policing.


He said that term gets thrown around, but his department is serious about engaging the public to help police keep a handle on crime and violence. Tibbet said the effort goes beyond just meeting with residents and discussing problems.

Garbage Men Stop and Save two Overdosses…

Shortly after he started picking up trash Thursday, Clint Scherb, 32, saw two young men struggling to walk down the street. He watched them and thought they looked as if they were on drugs. A former deputy for the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office, Scherb saw one pass out on the ground and the other slump over on some stairs.

Scherb checked their pulses. They were slow. And then nothing, he said. An Easterwood neighborhood resident who had been watching came over with Narcan, a brand of naloxone. Scherb and Joe Rivieccio, 38, a volunteer from Jupiter, Florida, administered it as Baltimore Police arrived and the two men apparently suffering from an overdose regained consciousness.

Rivieccio said, “We came here to do one thing, and God blessed us with another.”

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