DINGMANS FERRY - At the Boy Scouts of America, Hudson Valley Council Delaware River District Awards Dinner, James Wooster who is a 20-year trained veteran of the Boy Scouts and assistant scoutmaster of Troop 1005 in Dingmans Ferry, was awarded the Medal of Merit by the National Court of Honor for outstanding service in implementing scouting skills and ideals.    

The presentation was made May 9 at the Sparrowbush, NY Fire Hall.

On November 6th 2017 a male resident of Dunmore, PA was found lying on his apartment floor for three days.

James Wooster, an installation contractor for Connect America, was sent to the man’s apartment. The resident was unresponsive to normal knocking at the door by his daughter in law. Wooster looked around and noticed there were two deliveries of Meals on Wheels left outside for him. James knocked on the door very loud and heard a voice said, “I am on the floor.” Wooster called 911 and requested help and at the same time started to break down the door.

Wooster was able to force his way into the apartment and found the resident on the floor in distress. He was breathing, however his legs were discolored and was not able to move. Wooster administered First Aid and treated the man for shock.

The resident was rushed to the hospital where he was treated. He passed away a few days later.

Wooster related that the man’s daughter-in-law stated that Wooster’s intervention allowed the family to have some extra time their loved one.

“Without James Wooster’s assistance he may have not been found and a delay in getting into the apartment would have had unfortunate consequences,” the announcement from the Hudson Valley Council stated.

The criteria for the “Medal of Merit” is as follows: “Has performed an act of service of a rare of exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.”