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Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan Holds Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic

Jul 11, 2017 05:38AM ● By Theresa Gilman

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the office of DA Ryan.)

WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan recently hosted a Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic to help local Boy Scouts earn their Railroading Merit Badge. Middlesex County Boy Scouts from Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Melrose, North Reading, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford attended. Additionally, Boy Scouts from Andover and Lawrence were present. Topics included the history of American railroads, model railroading, and railroad safety.

As the chief law enforcement officer of Middlesex County, District Attorney Ryan’s Office is tasked with the prosecution of railway crimes, including physical assaults, graffiti and fare evasion. In addition, State Police Detectives assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office investigate all train-related deaths that occur in the county.

District Attorney Ryan encouraged the Boy Scouts to exercise caution near railways to avoid tragedy, and also asked the Scouts to serve as safety ambassadors and educate their family and friends on the risks posed by trains. District Attorney Ryan informed the Boy Scouts that in the United States, a person or a vehicle is hit by a train every three hours. She also explained that factors contributing to this statistic include playing on or near railroad tracks, or trying to get close to a train to take a picture of video.

Speakers included Tom LaRoche from the New England Electric Railway Historical Society, who educated the Scouts on the history of railroading, types of railroad cars, and the various railroad-related jobs today and in years past, as the industry has changed with technology.

Nick Loud of the Charles Ro Supply Company in Malden, America’s largest model train store, spoke about railroading as a hobby.

Detective Mike Lee of the Amtrak Police and Officer Dana Nye of the MBTA Police Department discussed their roles in keeping passengers, pedestrians and motorists safe.

District Attorney Ryan has previously hosted Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinics on Search and Rescue, Law, Crime Prevention, Fire Safety, Safety and Fingerprinting.

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