Tandragee Scouts with Lord Mayor Gareth Wilson
by GILLIAN HALLIDAY
A GROUP of brave Scouts who came to the rescue of an injured hillwalker in the Mournes have received a special award presented by the Lord Mayor.
The four teenagers, members of 1st Tandragee Scouts Group, were recognised - along with their organisation - at a reception hosted by Lord Mayor, Alderman Gareth Wilson as part of the Tandragee Scouts' annual awards presentation.
In June, Paul Reader, Matthew McTurk, Mark Grant and Aidan Nesbitt heroically came to the aid of a walker who had broken his ankle while they were practising for their Diamond award.
With no phone signal initially available to them, the teenagers used their scouting skills to make a stretcher out of their rucksacks, and then carryied the man to an area where they could find a signal and subsequently contact the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team.
At the time the Scouts were widely praised, and now over five months later, Alderman Wilson said it was "only right" they should receive a special award for their brave actions. "I have gotten to know Tandragee Scouts really well in the past few years and I always like to recognise their positive contributions to our Borough whenever possible," said the Lord Mayor.
"This was a special evening of certificate and badge presentations as the Scouts are recognised for successfully completing various elements. I felt it was important with parents and the Scouts attending, that special recognition was given to the group for the efforts of four of the members, Paul Reader, Matthew McTurk, Mark Grant and Aidan Nesbitt who helped rescue a hillwalker in the Mournes in the summer."
He continued; "Their efforts were widely praised in the media and by the Mountain Rescue Team and indeed the injured man himself and I thought it only right that the boys and the group receive this special award. They have been taught their skills and values so well by their leaders. "I wish Mathew, Aidan, Paul and Mark well as they continue their Scout work and thank all the leaders and Scouts at Tandragee for their amazing work and their fantastic contribution to our borough."