Local Boy Scout honored

Bill Gib­son, a 15-year-old Boy Scout from Somer­ton, was named 170th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict Con­stitu­ent of the Year for re­hab­il­it­at­ing the World War I and II me­mori­al on Tre­vose Av­en­ue. He is pic­tured with state Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.) and Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.).

Bill Gib­son on Sunday was named Con­stitu­ent of the Year in the 170th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict.

Gib­son, 15, is a Somer­ton res­id­ent and sopho­more at Holy Ghost Prep.

The teen­ager is a mem­ber of Boy Scout Troop 444, based at Phil­adelphia Academy Charter School. He was presen­ted with a plaque by state Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.) for his ef­forts to re­store a World War I and World War II me­mori­al on the 15000 block of Tre­vose Ave., out­side Somer­ton United Meth­od­ist Church.

While march­ing with Troop 444 in last year’s Somer­ton Civic As­so­ci­ation-sponsored Me­mori­al Day Parade, Gib­son no­ticed the de­teri­or­at­ing con­di­tion of the stone mark­er and its sur­round­ings. He de­cided to re­vital­ize the site, com­plete with land­scap­ing, and cred­ited in­di­vidu­als, busi­nesses and fel­low Scouts with help­ing to make it hap­pen and as­sure it is main­tained.

The award is named in memory of Chuck Null, a 170th dis­trict res­id­ent who lost a battle with can­cer five years ago.

Boyle honored Gib­son fol­low­ing com­ple­tion of a bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment at Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School that raised money for the Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5 Sur­viv­ors Fund.

Erin Gib­son, his sis­ter, played on the St. Chris­toph­er team that fin­ished as the run­ner-up in the girls di­vi­sion. Wil­li­am Gib­son, his fath­er, is a lieu­ten­ant at North­w­est De­tect­ives. ••

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