PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Months after he was killed in a mountain climbing accident, Pleasantville's Lenny Joyner was honored Monday as Westchester County dedicated in his memory a bridge that he had constructed in Mount Pleasant's Graham Hills Park.
"The bridge he built here was a major undertaking and has proved to be a great enhancement to the park," County Executive Rob Astorino said. "I often visit the park with my children, and now every time we cross the bridge it will be a nice reminder of Lenny and his service to the community."
Joyner, 31 at the time of his death, built the footbridge in the park in 1997 as his Eagle Scout project. The plaque on the bridge reads "Designed and Built by Lenny Joyner. Eagle Scout Project Troop 5. May 18, 1997."
Joyner, a graduate of Pleasantville High School, died in July while climbing the Maroon Bells mountains near Aspen, Colo. His body was found by helicopter at 11,000 feet after he had been missing for several days.
Joyner spent six years as a paramedic in the New York City Fire Department and was a volunteer in the Pleasantville Fire Department.
Astorino unveiled the dedication plaque at a ceremony on Monday in which he was joined by Joyner's father, Leonard, and many members of the New York and Pleasantville Fire departments.