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Webelos Scout Lane Snow from Woodlawn stood and saluted through the 2.5-mile funeral procession of Virginia State Trooper A.D. Fox last week.
As a nine-year-old member of Pack 810 in Woodlawn, Snow and his unit had been learning about citizenship and duty to country when Trooper Fox was killed in the line of duty.
Snow has a cousin who is an Eagle Scout and also serves the Virginia State Police. The day before the funeral procession, Snow and his family called Pack Leader Randy McKenzie — a second-generation Eagle Scout and 19-year veteran state trooper himself — to ask if it would be OK for Lane to put on his Boy Scout uniform to stand and salute the funeral procession as it went by his house.
The trooper was buried in Elk Creek after a funeral procession traveled from Pulaski last Thursday.
At a regularly scheduled meeting for Pack 810 Monday night at Woodlawn Middle School, representatives from police departments in Radford, Dublin, Virginia Tech and Blacksburg, as well as the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Conservation Police, and others were to be on hand to thank Snow for his gesture of respect.
Said Robert Stutlz with the Southwest Virginia K-9 Training Group and the Radford Police Department, “This young man did a very honorable thing. We just want to shake his hand and give him a little something in return.”
The group was to present Snow with a challenge coin and special patches at the pack meeting. Gov. Bob McDonnell will be sending young Snow a letter as well.
“I don’t have words to express how proud I am of him and the Scouting community,” pack leader McKenzie. “It goes to show that teaching kids character, honor, respect and good citizenship doesn’t change. It’s important.
Snow’s father, Albert, works at a local sawmill, and Snow has a twin sister, Haley and an older sister, Amanda. They and his mother, Melanie, supported Lane’s decision to honor Trooper Fox.
Pack 810 is sponsored by Woodlawn United Methodist Church.