Bryan Wilburn Takes the Rank of an Eagle Scout to Another Levelby Representative Ted Poe
Posted on 2013-02-05
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, Bryan Wilburn is a young man from
who has attained the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. But the way he
achieved his ranking isn't something we hear about often, especially
for someone his age. He made his way to the top through a unique and
much-needed service project. As just an eighth grade student at
Barber's Hill Middle School, Bryan initiated a project that has honored
those who protect our community. Not limited to just people, but also
our four-legged friends. Bryan and a team of volunteers renovated the
Baytown Police Department K9 Cemetery.
The need to serve law enforcement stemmed from Bryan's appreciation for the strong bond between officers and police canines, as well as their vital role in protecting the community. Bryan and a group of recruited volunteers of neighbors, friends, family, and other Boy Scouts worked hard to beautify these dogs' final resting place. After researching everything from types of plants to styles of landscaping, Bryan lead his team of volunteers as they cleaned the existing burial plots, removed dead shrubbery, replaced fence post tops, and planted new bushes and trees. It was after about 140 hours of hard work that the Baytown Police Department had a cemetery, where they could be proud to lay their beloved dogs to rest.
Bryan's leadership role in this final project is one of the many qualifications needed to obtain his new rank of Eagle Scout--he has had to earn 21 merit badges in subjects including first aid and personal fitness, as well as obtaining letters of recommendation, and going before an Eagle Scout board of review.
This is a prime example of a young man with an outstanding character and a go-getter work ethic. Bryan is well-deserving of his Eagle Scout rank. In honoring the sacrifices and hard work of the police force and their canine companions, Bryan has upheld the Boy Scout tradition of community service and stands as an example of the integrity and honor of a true Eagle Scout.
And that's just the way it is.