USA: Local pack honors Cub Scout killed in January accident
Grieving mother Jalissa Martin received an outpouring of support from her extended family on Friday as Cub Scout Pack 7 honored her 10-year-old son during a special pack meeting.
Martin’s son, Justin Martin, was killed last month after he was pinned under a vehicle. The 10-year-old was a member of Cub Scout Pack 7.
Around 9:20 p.m. on Jan. 8, Savannah police officers responded to a report of a crash on the 1300 block of Bradley Boulevard. Jalissa Martin, 24, was attempting to push her vehicle from a parking spot when it lurched forward, jumped the curb and struck Justin Martin, 10, said police spokeswoman Keturah Greene.
Justin sustained life-threatening injuries. He died a few days later.
On Friday evening, about 70 Savannah Cub Scouts and their families took the time to honor the fallen Cub Scout.
“Once a Scout, always a Scout,” said Jim Knauff, Cub Scout Pack 7 packmaster. “Your family will never be alone.”
Scout leaders shared their favorite memories of the 10-year-old boy, who they described as the “true definition of a great kid.”
“He had this infectious smile,” said Leann Grefski, charter organization representative. “You couldn’t be around him and not smile.”
The organization also presented Martin with the Spirit of the Eagle Award in honor of Justin Martin.
The Boy Scouts of America created the Spirit of the Eagle Award as an honorary posthumous recognition for registered youth members who have lost their lives through illness or accident. It is offered by the National Court of Honor as a final salute and tribute in celebration of the recipient’s life, and publicly recognizes his or her contributions to the mission of Scouting, according to Knauff.
“He definitely would have been able to become an Eagle,” Knauff said.
Officials also presented Jalissa Martin with two checks to help defray costs. One check was from Cub Scout Pack 7 and one was from the pack’s host site Trinity Lutheran Church.