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By JOHN FRIEDLEIN firstname.lastname@example.org
ELIZABETHTOWN — The local Boy Scouts organization Tuesday honored Hardin Memorial Hospital President David Gray as its Distinguished Citizen of the Year.
The Lincoln Heritage Council, Boy Scouts of America presented the award during a dinner at the Historic State Theater Complex.
The Distinguished Citizen award recognizes leaders who are dedicated to improving Hardin County as a whole, devoted to family and exemplify the tenets of duty to God, country and others before self, according to a news release.
In the night’s keynote speech, Brig. Gen. Donald Campbell said the leadership and values of Scouts and soldiers are similar. These values include loyalty, duty, respect and courage.
“Soldiers and Scouts both have strong values,” said Campbell, who is commander of Fort Knox.
In another of the night’s speeches, Gray’s state police friend, Trooper Steve Pavey, called him a “top-notch individual” who has helped with agency projects such as the Trooper Island youth camp.
Gray at the reception said the award is an honor for HMH, and he is humbled to join others who have won.
Gray, who grew up on a dairy farm, has been active in community service since his youth. He wasn’t a Boy Scout, but, because he was in a rural area, participated in 4-H.
He also has worked with the United Way and the Scout-sponsored Medical Explorers program, which teaches teenagers about health care careers.
Gray has been a member and former chair of Friends of Scouting, which raises money for the group.
He, like Campbell, has praised the values of scouting and how it involves parents.
“It’s a great organization.” he said. John Friedlein can be reached at 505-1746.