Rivers' garbageman named CNN Hero of the Year
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Chad Pregracke, an Illinois man who has dedicated his life to cleaning the Mississippi River and other U.S. , was named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year on Tuesday night.
Pregracke organizes community across the country through his nonprofit, Living Lands & Waters. About 70,000 volunteers have , helping Pregracke collect more than 7 million pounds of trash in the past 15 years.
“The garbage got into the water one piece at a time,” Pregracke said earlier this year. “And that’s the only way it’s going to come out.”
Pregracke was Tuesday night along with the rest of this year’s top 10 CNN Heroes — everyday people doing extraordinary things to help change the world. He was chosen as Hero of the Year through a five-week public vote on CNN.com.
“I’ll just cleaning up America’s rivers and loving every minute of it,” said Pregracke as he accepted the award Tuesday night.
cleanup (n) a thorough cleaning or ordering
to pitch in (v) to join forces with others; help or cooperate
to recognize (or recognise) (v) to show approval or appreciation of (something good or pleasing)
to keep on (v) to continue or persist in (doing something)
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