Canaan Scout Earns Eagle Rank
Canaan — Alton Hennessy, a member of Boy Scout Troop 800, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank available in scouting. Hennessy recently received a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor on the day of his Eagle Court of Honor.
His Eagle Scout project — building a sign to heighten community awareness of fire danger — was something Hennessy had long dreamed of. He chose a dial-type design for the sign, which he updates daily, based on fire danger levels.
During months of planning, and the weekend work detail at the fire station to build and install the sign, he and his project assistants logged more than 80 hours.
Hennessy plans to add lighting and plants to draw even more attention to the sign.
In addition to being a Boy Scout, he has long been involved with the Canaan Fire Department and is captain of the Canaan Fire Explorers. He participates in trainings and classes, and volunteers several hours a week with the department, assisting at calls and rescue operations; helping maintain the fire trucks, equipment and station; and working special events and details.
He is the son of John and Lorraine Hennessy, of Canaan. A sophomore at Mascoma Valley Regional High School, he is planning a career as a firefighter-paramedic. — Staff report