A blizzard buried Monroe under mountains of snow on Friday and into Saturday, making roads impassable, trapping vehicles in driveways and seeming to make fire hydrants disappear.
Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 163 decided to do something about the latter, and challenged each other to clear snow away from fire hydrants all over town, making it easier for firefighters to find when responding to emergencies.
The Town Council recognized the troop for it efforts at its meeting on Monday night.
"Monroe is much safer," First Selectman Steve Vavrek said.
On Sunday, the boys used shovels on Hattertown, Blanket Meadow, Field Rock, Wells, Lazy Brook, Spinning Wheel, Fan Hill and Jockey Hollow roads, as well as Pepper and Elm streets, and West Maiden, Boot Shop and Forest lanes — among some of the terrain.
The Boy Scouts included, Julian Zeppetello, Kirill Riesinger, Sam Kealey, Garrett Kalker, Ben Townson, Ryan Iken and Colin Iken (if any Scouts were missed, let us know and we'll add their names). They worked under the direction of Scout Master Jay Huggins.