Teen's interest in firefighting spurs Eagle Scout project

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By Shawn Skager

The Courier-Herald

Deciding to help out the Buckley Fire Department by painting the city's fire hydrants for his Eagle Scout project was a no-brainer for Jonathon Griggsby.

In addition to having ties to the department (his mother works there) Grigsby also plans on becoming a firefighter after finishing high school.

So when it came time to figure out what his Eagle project would be, Grigsby settled on color coding and painting the city's 146 hydrants.

"They're color coded with four colors," Grigsby said. "Blue is for high pressure, more than 1,500 gallons per minute, green is 1,000 to 1,499, orange is 500 to 999 and red is below 500."

So with the help of Buckley Fire Chief Alan Predmore, who supplied the paint, and a crew of more than 30 helpers, Grigsby set out to tackle the job.

"We did it on two days," he said. "Tuesday night we had 13 people for a few hours and then Saturday we did it all day with 21 people."

According to Grigsby, he got help from members of the Buckley community, including the fire department and members of his Scout troop.

Grigsby estimates he put in 66 hours himself, planning and painting the hydrants.

Grigsby has been a Scout since he was 12 years old and is a member of Troop 304.

"I like learning different skills," he said. "My big goal has always been Eagle Scout. I really like going camping and hiking. And I enjoy the people in our troop."

Griggsby is home schooled and will play for the White River High School football team this season.

Shawn Skager can be reached at

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