Every year in the fall, a group of paddlers will embark on an adventure with the Lake Placid Outing Club for a tour of the Moose River.. Most times the trip is uneventful, and paddlers from across the country take advantage of a water release into the river for this event in Old Forge called Moose Fest… Troop 12 Boy Scouts are often on these trips. After Irene Hit in August of 2011, The water was higher than normal… lots of trees down in the river and there was one specific section of the river is known as the Iron Bridge area – it’s normally a class 3 rapid and after Irene a tree had falling, creating more dangerous rapids than usual..
Three members of the Outing Club, Jason Smith, Ian McMullen and Luke Eckerd, are being honored on Sunday because of their efforts to save two men who were unprepared for the force of the river… This is their Story;
All three of the rescuers are recipients of the NATIONAL SCOUTS Court of Honor who presents 5 awards, The National Certificates of Merit, The Medal of Merit, presented for the performance of outstanding acts of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well being of others… The Heroism Award, and The Herosim Medal, awarded to a youth member or an adult leader who has exhibited a considerable risk while attempting to save life. And the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms – which is very rare… Jason, Ian and Luke received the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms at Sunday’s National Scouts Court of Honor.. and the three talked of Mentors, leadership and growth..