BERLIN — For his Eagle Scout project, John Newman, a member of Troop 44, opted to do something for the Berlin Police Department.
After receiving approval from the Town Council, Newman got to work creating an outdoor break area for local officers.
A GoFundMe page set up to generate funds for the project laid out Newman's plan: "The renovation would include the installation of a new patio. The patio will be constructed in a currently unused plot of land in the rear of the building, adjacent to the back entryway. The project proposed also includes maple trees to be planted on site to provide shade. Depending on the amount raised, additional renovations may be added."
Newman finished his project recently, and got a shout-out on Facebook from the Berlin PD.
"Earlier this year, John contacted us and wanted to have his project benefit the men and women (and canines!) of the Berlin Police Department," the Nov. 6 post states. "John took a previously unused area and transformed into a place where we can sit and relax! We were so honored to be chosen to benefit from this outdoor space! Congratulations on the completion of your project and thank you, John!"
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Since its inception in 1911, only 4 percent of Scouts have earned the rank.