Making A Difference | Eagle Scout project adds relaxation space at Camp Hill Fire Dept.


Eagle Scout is the highest achievement and rank in Boy Scouts. In fact, the Boy Scouts of America says only 4 percent of scouts are granted the designation and this is after a lengthy process.

A local teenager who submitted for Eagle Scout is waiting to hear if he got it.

Regardless if he gets it, his project is already making a difference for his community and local firefighters.

"I put in three benches and a stone patio in front of the fire department," explains Patrick Dorsey.

Seventeen year old Patrick Dorsey, of Camp Hill, is hoping the benches and patio in front of the Camp Hill Fire Department will earn him the Eagle Scout Award.

He came up with the idea this past September, went before the borough council to get approval and permits and then broke ground in April.

"Thought it was a good way to give back to the fire department since they give back to the community," says Dorsey. "My parents were both EMTs and my dad still currently is a life member of the fire department so I thought this is a good way to give back to them and thank them for helping people in our town."

And what better way to give back to the community than with help from the community.

"I just want to give a thank you to all the people that helped me: Carlisle Cement for the pavers, Lafferty for the wood, Mike Schaffer helping to cut all the wood," explains Dorsey. "Quite frankly I don't have all the tools to cut this."

That's because the wood is two-inch mahogany, donated by Lafferty Lumber.

That's right, the company in Lemoyne that suffered a devastating fire back in September.

The owners have always been thankful to the many crews that responded, including the Camp Hill Fire Department.

"It was an opportunity to help give back in some way," says Chuck Felak. "It's not much, but it was something that accomplished two purposes - help this young man accomplish his goals and it did help in someway for us to repay some of the people who helped us so much during that time."

According to Mark Simpson, Mayor and Fire Chief for Camp Hill, it is helping those crews and the community they protect.

"A lot of times will come back and we can hang out and this just gives us a great place to hang out on the a nice summer evening and sit here and talk to members of the community when they walk by and we can interact with them and it's just a great place to get together and chat," says Mayor Simpson.

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