BELTON, Mo.-Staff Sgt.'s Jason Smith and Alejandro Gonzalezdelgadillo, Enhanced Marketing Vehicle drivers with the 9th Marine Corps District, present Jacob Shriner, a Boy Scout Troop 32 member, with an achievement award, Nov. 29,
2011. Photo by USMC Cpl. Jeffrey Cordero
BELTON, Mo. (11/30/2011) — Nine members of the Raymore/Peculiar Boy
Scouts Troop 32 were presented awards by local Marines for their
achievements in the community, Nov. 30.
Staff Sgt.'s Jason
Smith and Alejandro Gonzalezdelgadillo, Enhanced Marketing Vehicle
drivers for 9th Marine Corps District, based out of Kansas City,
Mo., presented the scouts with certificates for volunteering to help
an elderly citizen.
“This award was presented to you because
you showed a distinct sense of initiative,” Smith said to the young
scouts. “There aren't a lot of people out there who do the things
Steele Chamberlain, president of the Raymore/Peculiar
Optimist Club, arranged the small ceremony and asked the Marines to
present the awards.
“The scouts were putting up a traffic sign for one of their projects
and this little old lady across the street called them over and
asked if they could help her clear out her driveway,” Chamberlain
said. “They spent about two hours helping her. I felt they needed to
be rewarded for going above and beyond the call of duty. Who better
to give them something for going above and beyond the call of duty?
That's why we called the Marines.”
According to Chamberlain
the scouts reflected positive values and characteristics common to
Marines. “When asked by his fellow man for help, they did not waver
from performing the task. Their actions reflect dedication to do
what is right,” he said.
Although the scouts knew they would
be recognized, they were unaware it would be presented by the
“I was completely surprised to see the Marines, but
very happy that they took this under consideration and appreciate
what we did for the city,” said Jimmy Sackuvich, a 14-year-old
By USMC Cpl. Jeffrey Cordero
Marine Corps News
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