For three weeks, Kerri Tadeu, retired master corporal Collin Fitzgerald and Cpl. Nick Kerr have been serving their country the best way they can.
Since April 1, the Kingston-based trio has been getting up at 4 a.m. and cleaning all of the on-ramps and off-ramps along both sides of the Highway of Heroes (Highway 401) from Keele Street in Toronto to Trenton.
Kirri Tadeu is the co-founder of the Trio’s group called SerViCe with The capitalized S, V, and C stand for Soldier, Veteran, and Civilian.
Tadeu serves as the civilian. Fitzgerald serves as the veteran and Kerr as the soldier.
For 21 days they hit the road spending 11.5 hours cleaning every on-ramp and off-ramp that was designated as safe on both sides of the Highway of Heroes before returning to Kingston.
What they collected was surprising and just disappointing. a total of 389 bags of garbage, four large garbage bags of empty alcohol bottles, 44 needles, vials appearing to be heroin, numerous poppies and Canadian flags, close to $235 in cash, bags of jewelry, seven license plates, at least 700 bottles of urine, three driver’s licenses, four health cards and one 9-mm handgun that was turned over to Toronto Police
On Friday, April 21, shortly after 7 p.m., the last piece of garbage was picked up at the on-ramp to the Highway of Heroes at Trenton.
Tears were shed and hugs were given. The discrepancies among the three over the past three weeks were forgotten, and all embraced in an emotional hug below the sign where so many of their friends’ final journey home started.
A huge Fresh high Five to the SerViCe trio…Let’s learn to clean our act up so this isn’t that big of a job for anyone again
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