From Boy to Eagle


Breezy Point resident Thomas Frerks was named an Eagle Scout after completing an important service project of clearing the sidewalk along the main road to Breezy Point.

In late February, Frerks, of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 76, launched a project to take on the task of creating a safe 1.67-mile pathway from Beach 169th to Reid Avenue. The pathway had been severely damaged after Sandy and was abandoned, leaving garbage and overgrowing plants to take over. Frerks set out to make this path safe once again so students could walk home safely. Frerks worked in conjunction with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s office and enlisted a few volunteers to help complete the project on a brisk February day.

After completing the task, Frerks was named an Eagle Scout at the end of April. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts program. On May 7, BSA Troop 76 held a Court of Honor at St. Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church to recognize Frerks. During the ceremony, Frerks was presented with a Proclamation from Goldfeder’s office, plus congratulatory letters from Pope Francis, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University where Thomas Frerks currently attends. He also received a check and a plaque from Frank Romano of the Knights of Columbus, along with an invitation to join the group.

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