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Local eagle scout teams up with local firefighters for community project

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Local eagle scout teams up with local firefighters for community project

By Taylor Higgins. CREATED Oct 7, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's late at night -- a blaze breaks out at a home -- and firefighters need to find nearby hydrants --every second counts.

Now thanks to an Eagle Scout -- that task just got easier -- in a westside community.

Boy Scouts Troop 7-33 -- teamed up with the Drexel Heights Fire District -- and installed nearly 140 road reflectors -- in the Star Valley community.

Firefighters say the blue reflectors quickly identify where the fire hydrants are located -- especially at night.

"At night, they can find the fire hydrants much easier," says Boy Scout Leader, John Vallone. "They can see the reflector in the street and then they know where the fire hydrants are. It's hard to find them otherwise."

16-year-old Francisco Smith came up with the road reflector project -- to get the highest rank in the boy scouts --- which is eagle scout.
 

Taylor Higgins

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Taylor Higgins works as an Assignment Desk Editor and Web Producer for KGUN9-TV. Before coming to KGUN, Taylor earned a Bachelors of Art degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona.