ESD Ketchikan helps make spring cleanup a success

 

ESD Ketchikan spring clean up crew at work

KETCHIKAN, Alaska – Members of Electronic’s System Support Detachment Ketchikan remove rusted debris from the roadside as part of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s spring cleanup on April 24, 2012. The group carried more than 11,000 pounds of trash to the local landfill. Photo by Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

 

Story by Caitlin Goettler

Every year the Ketchikan Gateway Borough hosts a spring cleanup day, where residents come together in an effort to clean up the town, and each year the Coast Guard Electronic’s System Support Detachment Ketchikan participates in the cleanup.

This year, however, the group went above and beyond, helping move more than 11,000 pounds of trash to the local landfill on April 24.

Last year, the group helped remove 7,000 pounds of trash and 5,000 to 6,000 pounds in the years before that. This year ESD Ketchikan Electronics Technician Chief Joel Rodda reached out to the Borough’s Code Enforcement Officer to see how they could help even more.

“They brought us out a large flatbed truck,” said Rodda. “We filled that up twice and that must’ve taken us about half of the day.”

The group continued working for the rest of the day, using government and personal trucks to take the rest of the smaller trash to the landfill. Rodda and Information Systems Chief Josh Hughes worked with the Borough’s Code Enforcement Officer to review areas that needed the most cleaning up.

“Planning and having the trucks helped quite a bit,” Hughes said. “We had about the same amount of people, pretty much the whole shop.”

Community outreach is not something new for ESD Ketchikan. The group has helped with spring cleanup for the last seven years. They’ve also put their Coast Guard training to use in the community, helping to re-cable the Ketchikan Indian Community’s computer network and set up new electronics on the Ketchikan Volunteer Fire Department’s search and rescue boat.

“Community outreach helps us foster a positive image of the Coast Guard,” Rodda said. “Ketchikan is a large fishing community, so with some of the boardings we have to do, it’s not as favorable, but we like to help out where we can.”

According to Borough Manager Dan Bockhors, the community is grateful for ESD’s work, especially for their effort in the spring cleanup.

“I would like to extend our thanks for the work done by the ESD Ketchikan,” Bockhors said in a letter to the unit’s commanding officer. “It is greatly appreciated by the citizens of Ketchikan.”

Also aiding in the spring cleanup were petty officers Jory Beebe, Adam Hulsey, Leslie Canazon, Brian Montero, Adam Berry and Taylor Norton.

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