Ridgewood NJ, for Armed Forces day Mayor Susan Knudsen and Councilwomen Bernie Walsh along with other Ridgewood residents helped the American Legion Post 53 members place U.S. flags on the graves of their fallen comrades at Valleau Cemetery.
Hundreds of flags were placed on the graves of soldiers with the help of many volunteers including boy scouts and girl scouts.
On August 31, 1949, Louis Johnson, who was the United States’ Secretary of Defense, announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The event stemmed from the armed forces’ unification under one department – the Department of Defense.
file photo of a Ridgewood bear
By Ben Horowitz | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on December 28, 2015 at 5:52 PM, updated December 29, 2015 at 7:12 AM
ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP — Emergency calls received by Rockaway Township police on the day a Boy Scout leader was attacked by a bear in Splitrock Reservoir in Rockaway Township reveal an anxious, injured man and a calm child reporting the incident.
Recordings of 911 calls, obtained by NJ Advance Media under an Open Public Records Act request, show that when Scout leader Christopher Petronino of Boonton Township called on Dec. 20, he was too injured to move.
Asked how injured he was, Petronino replied, “pretty bad … I can’t move at all now.”
“I’m sorry about all this,” the victim said, and the dispatcher told him not to be sorry, asking him where he was bleeding.
Petronini said the bleeding had “subsided” but he was still bleeding from the left arm, left leg, neck and head.
DECEMBER 21, 2015, 2:02 PM LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2015, 6:38 AM
BY RICHARD COWEN AND SCOTT FALLON
STAFF WRITERS |
The three Boy Scouts who helped rescue their scoutmaster after he was mauled by a bear in a Morris County cave were hailed as heroes by state officials and the man’s wife on Monday.
While New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife officials said Christopher Petronino never should have entered the cave, they praised the actions of the trio who lured the black bear out with bananas and nuts while the scout leader was still inside, bleeding from wounds to his leg and scalp, on Sunday.
“They probably saved the man’s life,” said Dave Chanda, the Fish and Wildlife director. “That’s what Scouting is all about. It teaches them responsibility, and they showed it in this situation.”