Friday, June 13, 2014

United States Park Police Hosts Awards Ceremony for Boy Scouts of America

On June 12, 2014, the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (NCAC,BSA) on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America National Office presented Navy Captain Edward "Chip" Zawislak with the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms, the highest recognition granted by the Boy Scouts. Captain Zawislak is a Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster of Troop 903 in Calvert County, MD, and was also a victim of the September 16, 2013, Washington Navy Yard shooting. He was stranded on the rooftop of the Building 197 with gunshot victim Jennifer Bennett and Makonnen Eyob and Michael Jackson.

The ceremony was hosted by the United States Park Police at the Anacostia Aviation Hanger, The Eagles Nest. The importance of the ceremony location with the Eagle closely behind and Navy Yard Building 197 in the background brought back many memories for those present.

Attending the ceremony in support of Captain Zawislak was, Makonnen Eyob, U.S. Park Police Officer Matthew Cooney (who aided in the medical care and rescue of those stranded) and shooting victim Jennifer Bennett.

Navy Captain Edward 'Chip' Zawislak Honor Medal with Crossed Palms recipient