Oct. 28--STOCKTON -- Stockton Boy Scout Lucas Cronic, 15, was flanked by two firefighters on ladders as he reached above his head and used a ratchet to tighten a bolt on the newly refurbished sign of the Victory Park fire station on Sunday.
Cronic, a Lincoln High sophomore, rebuilt the sign with bright red letters: Stockton Fire Dept. Eng. Co. 6., as part of his effort to become an Eagle Scout
A crowd of about 20 people expressed awe in the craftsmanship of the sign that has hung for decades at the station.
"It's really nice. You can see how much time was put into it," Fire Capt. Tony Moudakis said.
Moudakis said the Victory Park fire station has been operating since 1942.
The sign that hangs over the station's garage has been refurbished in the past, but with letters made of particle board.
"It was pretty beat up," Moudakis said. "It needed to be repaired."
Cronic used pine to make his letters, and he repaired and painted the original baseboard.
"It took a total of three weeks," said Cronic, adding that he had help from his Boy Scout Troop 145 on the project. "I did this because firefighters do so much for us as a community, and this was something that I could do them."
Along with the new sign, the scout troop presented the fire fighters with the old, worn-down letters attached to plywood and signed by each scout.
His scout leaders beamed with pride.
"It's a little emotional," said Scoutmaster Earl Roider. "I've seen 28 or 29 scouts become Eagles and it's always something special."
Next, Roider said, Cronic must write a paper on his fire station sign project and partake in a panel interview with three scout leaders he doesn't know before being awarded Eagle Scout status.
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