By Cheryl Conway
A local boy scout is hosting a community fair next month to educate the public on what services are available when it comes to health and safety.
Josh Heyman, 17 of Succasunna has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 159 in Succasunna since he was 12 years old. He is hosting the Roxbury Health and Safety Fair on Sat., Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Horseshoe Lake Island for his Eagle Project. Admission is free.
As a junior member volunteer of Flanders Fire and Rescue and a certified EMT receiving his certificate this past year, Heyman wants to bring awareness to residents regarding the different services in town.
“Being an EMT and seeing different people every day, people don’t realize exactly what we do,” says Heyman. “They don’t understand what first responders do.”
The fair will “benefit the community to see what we do,” he says. It’s “also for health reasons in case people need something, they know who to talk to.”
In order to become an Eagle Scout before turning 18, members of the Boy Scouts are required to pick a project that would benefit the community. For Heyman, he has until March 5, 2017.
He started planning the health and safety fair back in June, emailing different groups and calling some.
At the fair he plans to provide 20 different tables featuring different groups and providers from the community such as Atlantic Air One, Roxbury Police and Fire, Flanders Fire, Morris County Sheriff’s Canine, a local nutritionist, a local chiropractor and Patriots Path Wilderness first aid team. He even invited a Millburn Police detective, his uncle, who plans to attend to bring awareness regarding drug usage by teenagers.
The vendors plan to provide pamphlets and brochures about their service. Some may even bring their emergency trucks and vehicles to show the children who attend.
Heyman is grateful for all of the support he has been given by his fellow Boy Scouts who plan to help him at the fair. For guests, Heyman plans to provide popcorn and water and is working on getting a disc jockey for music.
“I hope people get a general sense of what we do so people can see what happens and the tools that agencies have,” says Heyman. “Most of these people volunteer.”
Becoming a volunteer fire fighter and EMT worker has always been Heyman’s goal.
“I wanted to do it ever since I was young,” says Heyman, adding that other family members also volunteer such as his brother, and his parents who volunteer on an ambulance squad in Parsippany. “Being around, like my family volunteering, I always wanted to do it.”