Union Fire Chief Brian Heimsoth
thanking scout Sam Thede for his work
in making the fire hydrants in Union
look presentable. Photo by Anne Eickstadt

“We saw the hydrants were in pretty bad repair,” said scout Sam Thede of the fire plugs in Union. “We contacted Mayor Wagner and he agreed that we could paint them. The mayor and city council supplied the paint and the new marker whips.”

“Sam asked if there was any project in town that needed to be done,” said Mayor Wagner. “I said, ‘yes, the hydrants need to be painted.’ He got the project approved, I signed the paperwork, and made sure he had the paint and the whips. They did about 20 fire hydrants around Main Street. One weekend they scraped off the old paint. The next weekend one cleaned the hydrants, one painted, and one attached the whip. They had a good system going.

“They look fantastic. The scouts did a good job,” Mayor Wagner praised.

This was Sam’s Life Scout project. [‘Life’ is the second-highest rank attainable, above ‘Star’ and below ‘Eagle’. ‘Life’ is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team, or crew, serves in a position of responsibility for six months, and performs six hours of community service.] It will be evaluated as his audition project to become an Eagle Scout. It has to be deemed ‘Eagle worthy’ by the district council.

“I was the project manager,” Thede said. “I had to put together a team, organize, and supervise the project. I had issues not helping do the work. It came out better than I ever expected. It’s so bright.”

Fire Chief Brian Heimsoth is very pleased with the freshly painted hydrants. “Sam is the fourth Boy Scout to do an Eagle project here in Union,” he said.

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