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Fire Hydrant GPS Project Earns Hasbrouck Heights Teen Eagle Scout Rank

Eagle Scout Tim Victori is pinned by his mother, Christine, while his father and Scoutmaster William Severino look on.
Eagle Scout Tim Victori is pinned by his mother, Christine, while his father and Scoutmaster William Severino look on. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Matthew Dalzell from Troop 86 in Lyndhurst was the master of ceremonies for Tim Victori's Eagle Scout ceremony.
Matthew Dalzell from Troop 86 in Lyndhurst was the master of ceremonies for Tim Victori's Eagle Scout ceremony. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Troop 17 assistant scoutmasters present Victori with the Eagle Badge and Neckerchief.
Troop 17 assistant scoutmasters present Victori with the Eagle Badge and Neckerchief. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
A display board showing Victori's journey to Eagle Scout.
A display board showing Victori's journey to Eagle Scout. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. -- Hasbrouck Heights Boy Scout Troop 17 celebrated its latest Eagle Scout with a Court of Honor at the Moose Lodge in Hackensack. It is the troop's sixth Scout to earn the Eagle rank in 2016.

Matthew Dalzell from Troop 86 in Lyndhurst was the master of ceremonies for the event that celebrated Hasbrouck Heights resident Timothy Edward Victori’s achievement of Eagle Scout. Only 2 percent of Boy Scouts go on to earn their Eagle. To achieve the ultimate rank, Victori needed to earn at least 21 Merit Badges, 11 of which are mandatory, and provide leadership to a community service project.

For his service project, the senior organized and led a community project plot on a virtual map of all the fire hydrants in the borough using GPS coordinates. Any officer using the link can easily access it and search for fire hydrants by number, pipe size or GPS location. The map has been made available to the town’s Fire Department and is available to neighboring towns for mutual aid. The goal was to make all the hydrants readily accessible via GPS in any emergency. Victori completed his project in April with the assistance of his troop, family and friends. Over 200 hours of community service were performed for the project.

Several community leaders made presentations on the achievement of Eagle Scout, including those representing American Legion Post 106, Bergen County Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, the Son Union Veterans of Civil War, Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department, Hasbrouck Heights Public Library, the Hasbrouck Heights mayor and council, and Corpus Christi Church.

Scoutmaster Bill Severino recalled all the camping trips, hikes, meetings and special events that Victori has experienced in his Scout career and noted that he was “a constant presence in the troop, always willing to do extra.”

Victori will graduate from Hasbrouck Heights High School in the spring and plans to major in computer science in college.

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