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Halesite Pays Tribute to Local Boy Scout

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Members of the Halesite Fire Department mourn the loss of Patrick Hannon, age 10, who died suddenly on a camping trip in Rhode Island on Saturday, July 16th.

Patrick lived with his family in the Halesite Fire District, where he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 78. Not long ago, when he was a Cub Scout with Pack 181, Patrick and his fellow Cub Scouts would periodically meet at the Halesite Fire Department for more formal meetings. He and his family also attended several "Blue and Gold" awards dinners there.

Last year, Patrick, and other members of Pack 181, participated in the Halesite Fire Department's annual Safety Open House. The Cub Scouts set up an emergency preparedness booth showing residents what to have on hand in case of a severe emergency, such as a hurricane.

Patrick was considered by many of the leaders in his Troop to be a "Boy Scout's Boy Scout". He routinely served as an example to the other boys on how to do things right and often helped teach scouts in his Troop to learn key skills as well as memorize the Boy Scout Oath.

In recognition of his contribution to our community and as a gesture of sympathy to his family and Troop, the Halesite Fire Department joined with the Cold Spring Fire Department to create a ladder arch outside of St. Patrick's Church during the funeral on Thursday, July 21st. A photograph of this is pictured above. Due to the enormous outpouring of community support for the Hannon Family, the firehouse also served as a meeting place for a reception following Patrick's burial at St. Patrick's Cemetery.

On behalf of all members of the Halesite Fire Department and the greater Halesite community, Chief Andy Magerle extends his sincere condolences to the Hannon family. The Department is grateful to have played a role in his life as well as a role honoring such a wonderful boy.




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