PENNSVILLE TWP. — In a past article, The News of Salem County spoke about the life and memory of an amazing young man whose life was tragically taken from us just over a year ago. His name is Dustin Deckard. Yesterday, Saturday September 14th, marked the first annual Dustin Deckard Memorial 5k Run and 1K Walk. The event was held at the Riverview Park in Pennsville to help raise money for the Dustin Deckard Scholarship Fund, who made this event possible. The fund was started by Dustin’s father, Mike and his mother, Tina both of Pennsville.
Approximately 200 people showed up to run and/or support the great cause in memory of a great young man who was taken from us at way too young of an age. Dustin was a champion wrestler and then began running track and long distance.
Dustin was more than a sports star, though. His life has touched thousands, and he will always be remembered as a loving, kind young man that was always willing to help. After finishing high school at Pennsville and later Camden Catholic, Dustin became an honors student at Wilmington University studying criminal justice.
Geoff Shute, Pennsville High School’s boys cross country coach, finished first place in the men’s overall division/first overall in the entire race. Finishing first in the female division was Emily Acton, of Pennsville.
Yesterday’s run helped raise about $2,500 for the Dustin Deckard Scholarship Fund. Even though it is the foundation’s first year in operation, Dustin’s mother, Tina, and father, Mike have already been able to raise enough money to buy several kids wrestling shoes, pay for aspiring youth wrestlers to attend wrestling camp who can’t financially afford to go, and have given out two scholarships for high school wrestlers going to college to further their education. The past two recipients were to Nick Elmer, of Penns Grove, for $1,500 and to Sal Maranrino, of Buena, for $750.