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Sussex County boy earns Eagle Scout ranking

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan recently presented a letter of congratulations to Luke DeRenzo, who attained the rank of Eagle Scout earlier this year.

Colonel Callahan took time out of his busy schedule to personally speak with Luke and his family, including his grandfather, Frank Kopicki, who retired in 2019 as an Administrative Assistant.

Luke, who is part of Troop 90, resides in Franklin Township, Sussex County where the Boy Scouts host an annual soap box derby. The derby has been held every year since the 1940’s and has remained an important tradition in the town, state police said.

For his final project, Luke helped to build several new soap boxes and restore some that needed repair. As a result of his hard work and dedication during the long-term project, Luke obtained his Eagle Scout rank in March, state police said.

Colonel Callahan congratulated him for his achievement and for displaying great work ethic at such a young age. Luke is not only a leader within his Troop, but he is also a great role model to his two younger brothers, who are also Boy Scouts. They both have aspirations of attaining their Eagle Scout ranks one day, state police said.

“Once again, we congratulate Luke on becoming an Eagle Scout and a job well done,” state police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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