Rivers was even more surprised when he received an award himself from the Municipal Electric Utilities Association, for his devotion to duty.
"The community service award is given to a municipal or corporate employee or official that has been involved in his community service within the years," explained Rivers, who added only two other people have received the award who were from Rouses Point - Benny Arnold and Bob Clark in the early 1980s.
Hanfield was the one to nominate Rivers whose award reads, "In recognition of his unusual service and his many contributions to the welfare of the community and state."
Rivers explained his devotion to duty comes from the years he spent on the board of trustees, the fire department, and the last 14 years as mayor - which to Rivers is enough.
"When my term is up I'll be going on 77 years old," he said. "I think it's time to leave [this position]."
Rivers' term will be up at the end of March 2012, by which time upgrades to the former Delaware and Hudson Railroad Station will be complete - which Rivers considers his last major project.