CLARK, NJ - Samuel M. Guskind of Boy Scout Troop 145 dedicated his Eagle Scout community service project in early September. Members of Troop 145 were joined at the ceremony by Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso, members of the Clark Town Council, the Clark Fire Department and the community.
Guskind's project involved the design, funding and construction of a monument honoring the victims of the 9-11 tragedy. The monument, located at the Clark Fire Department, 250 Broadway, includes a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center. The steel had been presented to the department for their service during the tragedy.
Eagle Scout projects must demonstrate leadership and organizational skills. Guskind, with the help of troop leaders, not only coordinated the construction of the monument, he obtained three US flags flown over Camp Phoenix in Kabul Afghanistan by Capt. Mike Sogka and members of the NJ National Guard. The flags were draped over the monument during the dedication ceremony. After being folded by members of the Clark Fire Department, members of Troop 145, and firefighters from the Elizabeth and Kenilworth fire departments, the flags were presented to Mayor Bonaccorso, Clark Fire Chief Cerasa, and to Sam Guskind.
During his remarks, Guskind said it was an honor and a privilege to take on such an undertaking. His father, Jan Guskind, has been a Clark firefighter for the past 28 years, so it was fitting to design the memorial to be constructed at the firehouse.