LITTLE SILVER, NJ - Jack McNally of Little Silver has been in boy scouts since the age of six. He explains that various reasons kept him involved in the organization through the years. For the past few years, and most recently in conjunction with his Eagle Scout project, community service has cemented his commitment to Scouts. Jack, who is official inducted with the Scouts highest honor of Eagle Scout at Troop 67’s Court of Honor in June, spent the better part of nine months planning and fundraising for his project of bringing life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the four town parks in Little Silver.
The idea for his project came from the town’s Director of Recreation, Doug Glassmacher, as Jack explains, “Mr. Glassmacher knew of pending legislation that would require all parks to be equipped with AEDs and he wanted to get ahead of the curve.”
Jack spearheaded a fundraising effort soliciting local businesses to underwrite the cost of AEDS of $5,000; he obtained the devices from a New Jersey company Lifesavers, at a discounted rate. Donations toward this effort were made by: Contemporary Motor Cars, Viscon Builders, The Kelly Cohen Foundation and Fastfort Passport. Local contractor and McNally family friend Chris Scharmann provided the equipment and expertise to install the devices.
Lifesavers’ CEO Bob Stickle met with Jack and Doug Glassmacher to preview the four parks and determine the best location for the devices. Lifesavers also trained Little Silver Park and Recreational personnel on the proper use of the equipment. Mr. Stickle recommended that the AEDs be placed in highly visible places and accessible from anywhere in the park in 60 seconds. Standing buildings were designated at Boro Park, Fireman’s Field and Sickels Field for the installation of the devices; however, Challenger Park near the Little Silver train station would require a different plan.
One cold day in March, Jack along with fellow scouts Eric Olsen, Craig Scharmann and Brandon Bennett worked with Craig’s dad to install all the devices on the designated buildings. A pole was affixed in cement to hold the AED in Challenger Park where no standing structures existed.
Jack comments on the impact his project will have in his community, “I grew up in this town and I will be going away to college soon. I think this will be here for a long time. I am glad I can leave a positive impression here,” he adds, “Hopefully this will save a life.”
Jack is a member of the RBR Academy of Information technology and has taken engineering as well as IT courses at RBR. He is the President of the Science League and Vice President of the Math League. Jack regularly competes in regional and state-wide competitors for these organizations. He was recently on a second place winning team in a state-wide coding competition in Stockton College. He also gained entrance to the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and Math National Honor Society. Jack will be attending Northeastern University in the fall where he intends to study mathematics and computer science.