Northwest NEWS

June 12, 2000

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Eagle Scout project is a 'thank you' to fire department

Brian McGahuey

Brian McGahuey created this sign for Fire District 45 as his Eagle Scout project.

by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor

   DUVALL--It was almost two years ago that Brian McGahuey, then 15, was hit by a dump truck while riding his bicycle near Cedarcrest High School. Seriously injured, he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for five days.

   When fully recovered, Brian decided to show his appreciation to the aid crews by creating a new sign for the Big Rock Fire Station and Training Center as his Eagle Scout project. The sign was dedicated in a ceremony on June 1.

   The Cedarcrest junior is a member of Boy Scout Troop 411. His dad, Michael, is a former volunteer firefighter and an assistant scoutmaster. Michael and mom, Patty, fully supported his efforts.

   "Brian did this as a 'thank you' to the aid crew for saving his life," said Michael. "This was his idea. He solicited help and donations for the project from businesses from Bothell to Monroe."

   Michael said Brian hopes to continue on in Scouts as a junior adult leader and is leaning towards a career in computer gaming graphics.