The Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored Steven Mirones, CO, CPed, FAAOP, president of Arimed Orthotics Prosthetics, based in New York, New York, with the Silver Beaver Award for his contributions to the youth of Brooklyn and as an outstanding example of entrepreneurial spirit. The presentation was made at the Brooklyn Council’s Annual Recognition Dinner on June 16.
“I am touched and deeply honored to receive such a prestigious award,” Mirones said. “As a young boy from Brooklyn, my involvement with the Boy Scouts had a major impact on my life, and I’m pleased to be able to pass on the scouting legacy to my children and the young people who participate in the program in Brooklyn.”
As a youth, Mirones spent summers at the Greater New York Council’s Boy Scouts of America Ten Mile River scout camps, serving as the senior patrol leader of his home troop, and currently serves as a member of the Brooklyn Council executive board, focusing his efforts on strengthening community relations. During his tenure as vice president of membership for the Brooklyn Council, he used his resources to reinvigorate scouting in Brooklyn and start many new troops. In addition, Mirones has served as the first Cubmaster to Pack 172 in Staten Island and currently serves on the committee of Troop 715.
Under Mirones’ leadership, Arimed, in 2008, donated treatment and a prosthesis to a 14-year-old boy from the West-Bank city of Ramallah, Palestine, who underwent a transtibial amputation as a result of a car accident; in 2003, donated prostheses to victims of the Staten Island, New York, ferry crash; in 1999, donated prosthetic legs to Edgar Rivera, whose legs were severed after being shoved in front of a train; and provided prosthetic and orthotic services and devices to destitute children in Ahmedebad, India, Haiti, and Columbia through the nonprofit A Leg to Stand On.
Arimed also employs individuals with disabilities and has been honored twice by the Brooklyn Borough president for serving, hiring, and training individuals with disabilities.
In addition to his work with individuals with disabilities, during the 2004 Athens Olympics, Mirones headed up a medical team to treat athletes suffering from foot and ankle injuries by providing them with hands-on technical care, including foot orthotics and orthopedic devices, to help them prevent and recover from injuries.