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Boy Scout, 10, dies at Yawgoog Scout Reservation

July 23, 2011

HOPKINTON–Tragedy struck the area on Saturday, July 16, when a 10-year-old boy scout died at Yawgoog Scout Reservation in Rockville.
Patrick Hannon, of Huntington, N.Y., was pronounced dead at the scene by rescue workers who arrived at the camp at approximately 7 a.m., according to William McGarry, acting police chief.

McGarry also said that the original call the rescue team responded to was for the boy being in possible cardiac arrest, but, while cause of death is still unknown, officials believe that he died from a medical condition and the death is not considered suspicious.

Annemarie Beardsworth, spokeswoman for the health department, said Monday that the autopsy did not determine cause of death, but lab work results were still pending.

“We are not going to make a final determination until the toxicology results come back in 4-6 weeks,” McGarry said on Wednesday, “but it looks like there was no foul play involved, no overt signs of trauma or suspicious activity.”

Hannon traveled from his home in New York with his boy scout troop for a week of summer camp at Yawgoog Scout Reservation, just as thousands of young scouts do every summer. He was staying with a troop of 35 scouts in platform tents, and, according to David Preston, spokesman for the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America, there were perhaps six fathers present as chaperones.

Preston also said that this was the first time a scout diesd while at Yawgoog Scout Reservation, and the camp has brought in grief councilors.
Scouts and campers were just about to begin their day when first reponders arrived to the call. They performed CPR, but it was too late, Hannon was pronounced dead at the camp.

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