Boy Scouts honor volunteers

Greenwich Boy Scouts, from left,  Gabriel Escobar, Fauricio Ibanez, Javier Moreno, Filipe Ibanez (all from Troop 1) and James Plewniak (Troop 9) salute the members of the community who were honored last week for their volunteer efforts.  — John Ferris Robben photo

Greenwich Boy Scouts, from left, Gabriel Escobar, Fauricio Ibanez, Javier Moreno, Filipe Ibanez (all from Troop 1) and James Plewniak (Troop 9) salute the members of the community who were honored last week for their volunteer efforts.
— John Ferris Robben photo

The Boy Scouts of America are expected to serve as examples in the community of the very best in public service and giving back to others. And to do this the Scouts need role models of their own.

In Greenwich, one of those role models is long time resident Phil Pittocco who received the coveted Silver Beaver Award, which is the highest honor given to a volunteer for his service as Scoutmaster for Troop 1 and in the community.

Mr. Pittoco was honored at the Greenwich Boy Scout Council’s annual Adult Volunteer Recognition dinner last Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich.

Mr. Pittoco wasn’t the only one awarded a commendation for good service in the community. Rick Margenot and Genevieve Prezioso were given District Awards of Merit and JP Holko Jr., John Roberts and Greg Sages all earned Greenwich Scouter Awards.

But this was also a somber event for the Boy Scouts. While this is typically a very festive evening for the Greenwich Council, it happened in the wake of the tragic death of Oliver Pacchiana. The 20-year-old resident of Glenville was a devoted Scout and had risen all the way to Eagle Scout from Troop 35 in town. He was killed last week during a rock climbing accident while on vacation and his memory was marked at the ceremony with a tribute.

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