MADISON, NJ — Madison Councilman Bob Landrigan was one of five recipients who on Wednesday evening earned a Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of community service from the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America at their 22nd annual awards dinner.
At least 100 residents, town officials and supporters came to cheer on the awardees at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park. Landrigan said he “felt very good” about receiving the award.
“Boy Scouts are a great organization and for them to recognize me means a lot,” he said.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to five citizens “chosen for their outstanding community service as evidenced by the interest and leadership they have given to many worthwhile organizations, as well as the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues,” according to the Patriot’s Path Council.
“Those who exemplify in their daily life the ideals that the Boys Scouts of America has expressed in the Scout Oath and Law,” are prime candidates for this award.
Landrigan was called up to receive his award first, and his close colleagues, Madison Mayor Bob Conley and fellow EMT Jennifer Bruns, told stories that showed just how much “respect and esteem” they hold for him.
“To put Bob’s work in perspective, let me quickly talk about the way volunteers are,” Mayor Conley said. “Some of us are involved volunteers. There’s very few of us that are highly committed volunteers.”
“To help you understand what it is to be a highly committed volunteer let me talk about my breakfast this morning; a great breakfast of bacon and eggs. Just think about the eggs. The chicken was an involved volunteer. Think about that bacon. That bacon was a highly committed volunteer. And I don’t want you to think about bacon when you see Bob but I think everyone in this room loves bacon, and if you get to know Bob, you will love him, too.”
EMT Jennifer Bruns, who spoke of Landrigan’s accomplishments at Wednesday’s ceremony, has served alongside Landrigan in the Ambulance Corps—first as his mentee and now as his partner—for the past five years. She told a story of a time when Landrigan was flying back from London and spent his entire flight helping a fellow passenger who was in the midst of a medical emergency until they reached the proper medical facility post-flight.
“In an emergency situation there’s nobody else I would rather be on a call with than him,” Bruns, an Olde Greenhouse Lane resident, said of Landrigan. “He’s just a kind, caring, compassionate person and gives 100 percent.”
Landrigan, a Cedar Ave. resident, has worn many hats during his time in Madison. He currently serves on the borough Council as the public safety and utilities liaison, and is captain of the volunteer Emergency Medical Service (EMS), where he has helped save lives for 20 years.
“I always felt that I had a calling” for this kind of work, Landrigan said.
Landrigan spearheaded local relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. As the coordinator for the borough’s Office of Emergency Management, he secured funding for storm-related damages in town from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Before he was elected to the town Council he was the former president of the Board of Health and spent four years as an auxiliary police officer. He has also won several other awards, including the “CPR Save Award” and in 2013, the Mayor Conley’s “Heroic Effort” award.
“Some communities are not so lucky to have someone who puts the borough first,” Mayor Conley said. “They don’t have a Bob Landrigan to help them.”
Other Lifetime Achievement Award recipients included Montville Mayor James Sandham, Jr., Rotary District Governor Margit Rahill, Patriots’ Path Council Executive Board Member Dan Stringham and Montville Township’s Chief of Police, Christopher Wagner.
Members of the Montville Explorer Post 805—a program under the Boy Scouts umbrella that teaches young people about police work—and various Boy Scout troops attended to support the award recipients.
The event was hosted by the Patriots’ Path Council #358 of the Boy Scouts of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people in Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Middlesex counties to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of good character, citizenship and personal fitness.