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Seven honored by Hancock Town Council

June 13, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council recognized three law enforcement officers, three Eagle Scouts, three high school seniors and a Children's Village Hall of Fame inductee Wednesday night.

Brendan McCusker, 10, of Hancock, was inducted into the safety education facility's hall of fame last month in recognition of his quick action in dialing 911 when he came home to find smoke coming from his house in May 2007, Murphy said.

Boy Scout Troop 15 members Joshua Finney, Quenton Hull and Brian Stanley were honored for receiving the Eagle award, and Hancock High School senior Cody Breeden was honored for his selection as the school's True Grit Award winner.

Hancock High School seniors Danny Mauk and Richard Strong were awarded $500 Pepsi scholarships for their essays on what it meant to them to grow up in Hancock, Murphy said. Mauk's essay praised the town for its low crime rate and its many positive activities.

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"Hancock is not the largest of towns, but it manages to have big-time activities," Mauk wrote.

Strong, who moved to Hancock after living in Prince George's County, compared small-town life to his experiences in the city. He said he loves the mountainous surroundings and living within walking distance of everything, and wrote that he plans to return to Hancock after attending college to continue to give back to the town.

Finally, Hancock Police Department Sgt. Shawn Tasker and Officer Scott Wolff were honored, along with Washington County Sheriff's Department Deputy 1st Class Scott Buskirk and his K-9 partner, Rukus. All three were previously awarded the Medal of Valor for risking their safety to pull an unconscious woman from an icy river in October, Hancock Police Chief T.J. Buskirk said.

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