BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights Fire Engine 4 and the Gator escorted two special long eared friends through the neighborhoods of Berkeley Heights on Sunday afternoon to bring cheer to the families celebrating Easter. 

Lucky for Berkeley Heights, Mayor Angie Devanney got word that the Easter Bunny is considered an essential worker, and with a little help from the Police Department, Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and resident Cathy Balsamo, the Easter Bunny was able to safely visit the township while practicing social distancing.  

The Mayor and Council thought it would be an "egg-cellent" idea to spread a little hope and cheer. "People have been staying home for weeks, and we thought this would be a nice thing for the community, while still reinforcing the need for social distancing," they said. 

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The bunnies took a three-hour-tour -- waving at the families in their front yard as they were celebrating Easter. The "east-side" bunny hopped on Engine 4 and the "west-side" bunny jumped in the back of the gator and the caravan, led by the BHPD and BHVRS, toured the neighborhood streets.

Along the route, blasting sirens could be heard streets away, drawing families outside to stand in front of their homes and wave to the Easter Bunny as he cruised by.

Families kept their distance from each other, and many wore masks, but as the trucks drew closer, the excitement was evident from both children and parents.