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Boy Scouts to honor community heroes

MALTA – A veteran, advertiser, farmer and pair of health care professionals will share at least one title when they take the stage today at the Kishwaukee College Jenkins Conference Center.


For the 10th consecutive year, the Three Fires Council Boy Scouts of America will honor DeKalb County residents for their lifelong dedication to community service and local leadership during the Tribute to Heroes celebration. This year’s heroes include Robert Coulter of DeKalb, Ken Doubler of DeKalb, Denny Rehn of Kirkland and Michael and Jenelle Muzzillo of Sandwich.

Event organizer Cohen Barnes said the individuals display the selfless dedication to community service and welfare and development of area youth.

“None of them ever think they deserve it because they are all very humble,” Barnes said. “But it is important we take a moment to pause and recognize them for what they have done.”

Coulter will be honored for his military service and lifelong dedication to the Boy Scouts of America. In 1966, he spent two years in active military status before joining the Illinois Army National Guard in 1976, serving until 2003. He also has held a variety of positions in the Scouts since 1987, ranging from pack master to chairman of multiple committees.

Doubler had a 38-year career in advertising, marketing and printing before retiring as general manager of The Midweek in 2007. It was during his time at The Midweek where Doubler helped the Boy Scouts establish the first Tribute to Heroes in 2003. Doubler’s community service also includes time with Kishwaukee Kiwanis, the Ben Gordon Center Foundation and the Kishwaukee Education Consortium.

Rehn, a Kirkland farmer, has had his hand in multiple organizations including the Lions Club for 40 years, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 4-H, Kirkland Historical Society and Franklin Township. He also has been active in the Hiawatha School District, building a greenhouse for the school and a room in the high school auditorium for technical activities.

Michael and Jenelle Muzzillo have dedicated their lives to the medical industry, combining for more than 88 years of service at the Sandwich Community Hospital and Valley West Hospital. Michael Muzzillo also has served on national and state medical boards and serves the International Laboratory Science Certifying Organization. Jenelle Muzzillo taught
volunteer EMTs emergency care.

“It’s very humbling,” Michael Muzzillo said. “It’s not something we looked for. It came totally out of the blue.”

Barnes said this year’s event will provide another important opportunity for Scouts to meet community leaders and hear about the hard work and dedication that goes into being an outstanding community member.

“It’s all about building future leaders and handing the baton to the next generation,” Barnes said. “It’s good to know when the baton is held out there someone is there to pick it up and keep going.”

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