By Jessica Farrish
West Virginia State Police troopers were honored by Boy Scouts of America officials Thursday for their service at The Summit Bechtel Reserve at Glen Jean during the National Boy Scout Jamboree this summer.
“The State of West Virginia was a terrific partner in helping host this event,” said Gary Hartley, community and government relations for The Summit. “The State Police was a primary agency that helped with it.”
Hartley said troopers provided security at The Summit for 38,000 people, directing traffic, setting up and getting on and off the site.
“We couldn’t have done the Jamboree without the support of all of our community partners,” said Larry Pritchard, Jamboree director. “Without their support, the traffic would’ve been a burden on the community.
“We didn’t want that.”
Dan McCarthy, Summit Group director, said troopers assisted in planning and execution of the event, coordinated multi-state agencies and also had a command post at the site, conducting a few investigations into minor incidents that occurred during the 10-day event.
“Those that were familiar with the event made the comment, ‘This is the safest place in the United States right now,’” recalled McCarthy.
McCarthy and Pritchard, along with Boy Scout Operations Director Mike Patrick, presented the awards.
Troopers representing the nine counties of Troop Six were Capt. Bill Scott of State Police Headquarters; Capt. Brad Mankins of Troop Six in Beckley; Capt. Ron Arthur, Special Operations commander; and 1st Sgt. Greg Duckworth, district commander of the Oak Hill detachment.
Scott coordinated with state troopers from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio for Jamboree security.
The State Police troopers from those states came in to provide security and help with operations, so that law enforcement was not depleted from around the state during the Jamboree.
“They thoroughly enjoyed being here,” said Scott. “It didn’t really matter what state they were from.
“We clicked,” he said. “It was seamless.”
Jamboree is the only event in the country, outside national tragedies, in which troopers from several states work together to provide security and direction.
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