TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

September 12, 2013

Corbin gets Sept. 11 memorial stone thanks to Boy Scout


TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

The city of Corbin now has a memorial stone dedicated to the memory of those who were killed Sept. 11, 2001 — thanks to Boy Scout Robert Glenn Croley.

During a special dedication ceremony Wednesday, Croley, who is a member of Boy Scout Troop 530, completed his project to become an Eagle Scout with the memorial stone.

The memorial has been placed in front of the gazebo at the Engineer Street Bridge park.

Although a late afternoon thunderstorm forced the dedication ceremony to be moved to First Baptist Church, more than 60 people attended, including the Corbin City Commission, Mayor Willard McBurney, Judge Paul Winchester and Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley.

“This was a hard journey,” the scout said, adding he’s been a part of the Boy Scouts for a decade.

McBurney then spoke to the audience, saying that citizens “have a lot to be thankful for.”

He explained that Robert Croley and his grandfather approached him with the idea of this project.

“Corbin did not have (a memorial) for 9-11,” McBurney said. “On behalf of the city, thank you — this project was very worthwhile.”

Andy Croley also spoke, who was a member of a disaster team in New York during the attacks on the World Trade Center.

“This is a great thing to do for the city,” he said.

He added that earlier in the day he had spoken to a group of sixth-graders, who have the information on 9-11 in their textbooks now.

“(Younger students) can read the history and understand the history,” he said. “But they don’t feel the emotions of what (we) really felt — we were all scared.”

Andy Croley explained while earning his master’s degree in forensic science, he was “looking for places for more training.”

That’s how he ended up on a New York disaster team.

“I can personally say I’ve seen my side of heroism,” he said. “It was a very heartbreaking and somber experience.”

He then spoke of the New York fire and police department heads who were killed when the Trade Center towers collapsed.

“I think that was a large blow (with) no one (for the other officers and firefighters) to answer to,” he said. “I’ve never been into a war situation, but that’s as close as I’ll ever experience.”

Andy Croley then finished speaking. “I can talk all day long about the experiences I had — and they weren’t good,” he said.

The memorial states, “To the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. We will never forget.” It also lists the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Penn. and Robert Croley’s name.