Eagle Scout helps local firefighters get a helipad

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A fire department in northeast Alabama has welcomed a new helipad thanks to the dedication of a very ambitious Eagle Scout.

Thomas Miller, a Guntersville native and Eagle Scout, announced in October that his Eagle Scout project would be the construction of a helipad at the Alder Springs Volunteer Fire Department, according to a Facebook post from Air Evac Lifeteam 32.

The heliport officially opened on Sunday May 29 with a ribbon cutting and first landing.

Alder Springs Volunteer Fire Department

“I want to take a moment to thank our community, our county, our cities and everyone who played a part in the heliport,” said Alder Springs Fire Chief James Edwards. “This really means a lot to the Alder Springs Fire Department. [and] Station 41 and the community of Alder Springs.

Miller told News 19 that the helipad’s framing was done by Jodie Hogland of Legacy Concrete and the concrete was poured by Kirkpatrick of Guntersville. Construction of the project began in April.

“This project idea came from two Eagle Scouts in the fire department and has been in the works for just over a year now,” Miller said. “I chose this project because I wanted to have a lasting impact on my community.”

According to Air Evac 32, the new heliport allows emergency services to reach rural areas of Marshall County that were previously only accessible by land.

To learn more about the Alder Springs Volunteer Fire Department, click here.


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