Teen to earn Eagle Scout badge by building first responder statues

Tyler Richards is working on a project to have three bronze statutes put up in honor of firefighters, EMS providers and police officers

By EMS1 Staff

RALSTON, Neb. — A teen is hoping to earn his Eagle Scout badge by honoring first responders with three statues.

Omaha World-Herald reported that sophomore Tyler Richards is spearheading a project to have three bronze statues placed at Koch Park, including one of an EMS provider, a firefighter and a police officer.

“I want to recognize those people for all the hard work they’ve done and I want people to appreciate them,” Richards said. “I don’t feel like they get a lot of recognition.”

Richards said they began laying groundwork in August, and he’s looking forward to beginning the fundraising phase of the project.

To raise money, Richards will sell bricks that will be engraved with the names of first responders, as well as Support Blue flags, fire extinguishers and first aid kits.

“I’m going to enlist the help of other Boy Scouts to help and I know there are plenty of Ralston High students that need to complete volunteer hours,” Richards said. “The planning is long, but I feel like the end result will be worth it.”

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