Omaha Boy's Eagle Scout Project Honors Friend Who Died

Lindsey Theis

Omaha Boy's Eagle Scout Project Honors Friend Who Died

CREATED May. 26, 2013

OMAHA, NE - A 16-year-old Omaha boy is getting the rank of Eagle Scout for a project that honors a Boy Scout killed when a tornado hit Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa five years ago.

Marcus Ehlinger built a 60-foot, partial suspension bridge at the Eastern Nebraska 4H Center and dedicated it in honor of Sam Thomsen, who died in at the ranch in 2008. The American flag that was at the camp when the tornado struck was also displayed Sunday at the bridge when the Eagle Scout ceremony was held.

Fifteen-year-old James Kopsa, of Omaha, also received his Eagle Scout rank. He primed and painted 32 telephone poles along the Lincoln Highway for his project.

Both Ehlinger and Kopsa were in Boy Scout Troop 26 with Thomsen.

The AP contributed to this report. 

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