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Jun 19, 2013 2:45 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Boy Scouts Remember Fallen Former Eagle Scout with Park Project

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Dozens of boys scouts were honored Wednesday during the County Commissioners meeting for a community service project that connects back to the death of a former eagle scout in one of the troops.

It took 40 scouts, 20 volunteer leaders and more than 400 hours of manual labor to rebuild and replenish a part of Hazel Bazemore Park. An area scout leader George Smith says was vandalized recently.

Alex Porche is part of Troop 73, one of 4 units involved in the clean up crew and reconstructing of the deck at the park.

"I hadn't been there in a while and I saw all those nasty things people did, all the trash, all the vandalism we cleaned it up very good. People shouldn't see that mess, it ruins the community, it ruins the nature," Porche said.

Kieffer Gun, another boy scout in Pack 73 agreed, the site was in a devastating condition.

"It was pretty messy and the people that ruined it are just ruining the animals habitat," Gun said.

This particular park is special to the troops because of Lucas Kimmel, a former eagle scout with Troop 73 back in 1999. The same year the Aggie bonfire collapsed in College Station, taking the lives of 12 people, including Kimmel's. It was a tough loss for the boy scouts, so to honor Kimmel, they created a memorial trail in his name.

"We want to keep this trail in his memory, we didn't want to see it destroyed. His family was out there helping us side by side putting this together," Smith said.

Smith says the boys worked very hard to revitalize the scenic overlook that sits at the top of the trail. He's proud of their effort and dedication but RJ Lola from Troop 65 says it was worth it to save memories of Kimmel.

"It just meant a lot to us that we did all that nice stuff to what people ruined," Lola said.

The boys appreciated being recognized by Nueces County, that helped out by donating the supplies.

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