Capt. Matthew J. Roy, a C-17 pilot with the Dover Air Force Base and Big Brother with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware, is the recipient of the 2017 Big Brother Hero Award from Cub Scout Troop No. 5 in Harrington.
Roy’s Little Brother, Jay Plaisted, is a 10-year-old Lake Forest Elementary School student being raised by his grandmother. On the day of their first meeting in June 2016, Roy and Jay played a quick game of chess as an icebreaker and Jay won the game. Since last June, the two have gone bowling, fishing and to the movies, and they enjoy Pokemon Go. Jay helps Roy locate Pokemon even while he’s away on military assignments like when he went to Europe. For Jay’s birthday, Roy was out of town on assignment but called him from the C-17 airplane so he could hear the engines roar. Roy also brings Jay along on family outings like to the New Jersey Aquarium so he can be a part of his family, too.