Little League Flagpole Marker
Youth Not Forgotten
By MARION LOGUE
Sunday Times Correspondent
Jeffrey David Medrow was an honor student, active in scouts and his church’s youth group, a newspaper carrier and an athlete.
“He was the kind of boy all of us admired and the kind of young man we all want our Little Leaguers to be like,” said Mike Jenner, a coach and member of the Little League Board of Directors.
Jenner was speaking on behalf of Jeff’s family in accepting and dedicating a memorial flagpole in honor of the youth who died of a virus infection at the age of 15.
Media Little League President Mike Chaplin accepted the flagpole at a ceremony attended by several hundred people.
Joan Hagan of Media Borough Council presented the family with an American flag which had flown over the U.S. Capital on behalf of Congressman Bob Edgar. The flag was then carried to the pole by Marsha (Jeff's sister) and Thomas Medrow and raised aloft by Jeff’s brothers, Michael and Scott.
An honor guard from VFW Post 3460 fired three volleys and the ceremony concluded with the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.
Platform guests included Media Mayor Frank Daly; Jeff’s parents, Ken and Pat Medrow; Upper Providence Councilman Robert Williams; and Tom Flynn, Jeff’s Little League coach and now a member of the Upper Providence Park and Recreation Commission.
Jeff attended Springton Lake School, where he was an honor student and a member of the varsity wrestling and baseball teams. He also played soccer for the school and the Rose Tree Soccer Club, and basketball at the Media Youth Center, as well as Little League baseball in the spring. He was a Life Scott in Troop 430 and planning his Eagle project at the time of his death, and a founder of the Youth Group of Nativity B.V.M. Church.
Although never an all-star, Jeff was saluted by Jenner as "a team player
with desire, hustle, spirit and enthusiasm."
Jeffrey was taken to Riddle Hospital, Middletown, with a rash on his forehead and a headache early Sunday. He was transferred to Children’s Hospital. Born in Chester, he was the son of Kenneth and Patricia McMullen Medrow of Media. He lived in the county all his life.
Jeffrey had been on the honor roll last year. He was active in soccer, baseball and wrestling at school and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 430 of Upper Providence. He achieved his Life Badge and was working toward his Eagle badge. He also belonged to Scouting’s Order of the Arrow. He helped initiate the Catholic Youth Organization at Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary Church of Media and belonged to Media Little League.
Surviving besides his parents are a sister, Marsha; twin brothers, Michael and Scott, all at home; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Stella Medrow, of Columbia, Md. and his maternal grandfather, Paul F. McMullen, of Loretta, Pa.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Nativity BVM Church, Franklin and Monroe Streets, Media. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Upper Providence. Calling hours will be from 7:00pm to 9:00pm Tuesday at the Cavanagh Patterson Funeral Home, Baltimore Pike and Monroe Street, Media.