(BLOOMFIELD) - Boy Scouting has been an important journey through the life of new Eagle Scout, Justin Baker, of Boy Scout Troop 464.
He received his Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor Ceremony at Faith Christian Church in Bloomfield.
Through his efforts, the 9/11 limestone monument standing in front of the Bloomfield Fire Station will forever commemorate those who died during the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York City in 2001. The monument is also in honor of Greene County firefighters, EMTs, and police officers who died during their term.
The limestone for the monument was donated by Ed Michael of Michael and Sons Stone Mill in Calvertsville; the engraving was done at a discount by Austin Memorial; and the Bloomfield Fire Department donated the flag and flag pole.
Other donors included the following: John Mensch, Bloomfield State Bank, Mike Hasler, Walt and Linda Mattox, Lee Baker, Sr., Linda Ray, Taylor Township Fire Department, Taylor Township Fire Department Auxiliary, Sam and Marie Emery, Greene County Firefighter Association, Marvin Holt, and Lee and Annette Baker.
The flowers, which were planted at the base of the monument, were donated and planted by Justin's mother, Annette, and his grandmother, Linda Ray.
Justin gave a special thanks to his Scoutmaster Bud Robert Hoerter, and his other leaders Rick Lemons, A.J. Dicus, John Michael, Lynda Thornton, Brian and Claire Abel, James Malone, and Steve Shafer. He also gave a special thanks to Daniel Abel and Dakota Michael for being great mentors.
"I am proud to be an Eagle Scout and I am proud to serve the community. As an Eagle and an Assistant Scoutmaster I want to help others grow their wings," Justin said during the Court of Honor.
Justin, who is a Bloomfield volunteer firefighter, will be a senior at Bloomfield High School this fall. After high school, he plans to attend Vincennes University to study law enforcement. After college, he plans to become a police officer in Greene County for six to seven years and then go on to be an Indiana State Trooper.
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