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Retired Newport News shipyard employee spends time cleaning community park

Glenn Norcutt
Glenn Norcutt
Posted at 5:17 PM, Mar 07, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-07 20:59:22-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Glenn Norcutt retired more than a year ago.

But the former Newport News shipyard employee is not sitting still.

You can find the 47-year veteran of the shipyard, not far from his old job, picking up trash in the Huntington Heights community along Warwick Boulevard.

How did this start?

"Well, just when I retired, I started walking, just to get my exercise in and I just didn't, just couldn't stand to see all the trash laying on the yards," Norcutt said. "Well, it normally averages anywhere from 4 to 5 bags, grocery bags every day."

Norcutt said the neighbors are very appreciative.

"Oh yeah. A lot of them come out and thank me for doing it. They're glad I'm doing it," he said.

Along the way, he's found other things besides trash.

"I do two-and-a-half miles at least every day. I found credit cards, found three credit cards, about eight gift cards, two driver's licenses. If I can find the people, I give it back," he said. Found two cell phones—one of them was a shipyard guy's cell phone and it worked. His wife called the phone and so I answered it. told her where I lived. So he came by that afternoon and picked his phone up."

He hopes people who see him driving by, do their part.

"Well, I hope they'll quit throwing so much out here on the road," he said.

For how Norcutt is consistently doing his part to clean up this Newport News community, News 3 presented him with an Everyday Hero award, along with a $300 Visa gift card from our community partner Southern Bank.