CHATHAM, NJ - For Chip Del Coro, vice president of the Green Village Fire Department, it was a lot more than a small piece of road next to the Memorial Park triangle that the Chatham Township Committee named "Memorial Way" at its regular meeting on Thursday night.
After the township committee officially adopted the ordinance naming the south side of the Green Village triangle "Memorial Way," Del Coro pulled out the prayer card in memory of James H. Doherty Sr., he had been carrying with him since 2006.
"This is a guy who went on calls into his 80s," Del Coro said. "He was my hero."
It had been Del Coro's dream for 10 years to name "Memorial Way" in honor of Doherty and others, with the help of committee member Karen Swartz, it became a reality.
"Memorial Way" also honors those who served their country and gave their lives to preserve freedom, but Del Coro was thinking of Doherty on Thursday night when the new street sign was unveiled.
The adopted ordinance states, in part: "the unnamed street located in the Township of Chatham, which is the south side of the triangle known as Memorial Park bounded by Green Village Road on the north and Meyersville Road on the west, be and is hereby named Memorial Way."
The complete text of the ordinance can be read HERE
The Green Village Fire Department came out in force and presented the colors in leading the Pledge of Allegiance to start the meeting