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Eagle Scout responds to Animal Response Team

  • AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS David Marouchoc, Boy Scout of Troop 744 of Nesquehoning, stands in front of the entrance to the Carbon County Animal Response Team trailer. He built the shelving units, seen at right, for his Eagle Scout project.
    AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS David Marouchoc, Boy Scout of Troop 744 of Nesquehoning, stands in front of the entrance to the Carbon County Animal Response Team trailer. He built the shelving units, seen at right, for his Eagle Scout project.
Published April 25. 2011 05:00PM

Last year, the Carbon County Animal Response Team was in need of a shelving unit for its new supply trailer.

David Marouchoc, a Boy Scout of Troop 744 in Nesquehoning, fulfilled that need.

He, with the help of family and friends, built shelves, painted the floor and walls, and organized the inside of the trailer for his Eagle Scout project.

The Panther Valley senior said that the project took him five months or 114 hours to complete.

He noted that he learned of the project from Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck, who presides over Carbon County Citizen Corps, which oversees the CART team.

"I like animals and I thought this was a good project," Marouchoc said. "It helped a good cause."

Marouchoc said he was thankful for the help he received from Walck; Mark Nalesnik, coordinator for the county Emergency Management Agency; and his family and friends.

Walck said he was impressed by the quality of work Marouchoc did in the trailer and was thrilled with the finished product.

"David and his crew did a fantastic job," he said. "They took a virtually empty trailer and turned it into a good looking, very functional trailer. "He was a good leader."

Walck proudly showed off Marouchoc's project recently to Carbon County Commissioners William O'Gurek, Charles Getz, and Wayne Nothstein.

They presented Marouchoc with a certificate of recognition from the CART team for his efforts.

"The county is really grateful for this," Getz said after touring the trailer. "He did a great job. I would call this a professional job."

The interesting thing about Marouchoc is that he is not alone in his journey to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

He has his twin brother Derek, who completed a project at Air Products in Hometown for his Eagle Scout project. Derek also found his project through Walck.

David and Derek are the sons of Terry and Gerry Marouchoc of Nesquehoning.

Of her sons' accomplishments, Terry said, "I'm very proud. They worked hard on their projects. It's a big accomplishment to have two boys who are both so dedicated to their community."

She added that both David and Derek must now go through the review process before they are officially named Eagle Scouts.

Of David's project, she said she was proud of what he did.

She noted that Troop 744 will have a total of 11 boys who earned their Eagle Scout honor after her boys, as well as one of their other friends, go through the review.

The Carbon County CART team, which is made up of volunteers, utilizes the trailer when emergencies arrive that involve animals.

The shelving units now allow for items to be organized properly and stops items from shifting while in route to an emergency.

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