VIDEO: Local Boy Scout's Firefighter Memorial to Be Unveiled During Woodbine's 125th AnniversaryPosted:
WOODBINE – August marks the 125th anniversary of the first settlers arriving, and starting their lives, in the Borough of Woodbine. As part of a the celebration of events, a local teen dedicated his Eagle Scout project to create a memorial for the town's fire house.
“I thought it would be a good way to help remember all of the fallen firefighters, because there has been a lot,” said 15-year-old Boy Scout Colby Schalek, “11 that have died in a fire, in Cape May County.”
Schalek and his brother are fourth generation firefighters and come from a family of Boy Scouts. As Colby is heading towards an Eagle Scout rank, he wanted to honor those before him. He came up with a quote, gathered the names, and found donors who paid for the stone to be carved and engraved.
“We knew some of the people on there, and so did my grandpop, and he was even surprised, too,” said Schalek.
“It means a great deal to us. We have a long history of the fire company in our family and it just makes it hit home a lot more, and having this in our community makes it all worthwhile,” added Tracey Schalek, Colby's mom.
The monument sits in front of the firehouse, only feet away from his brother’s Eagle Scout project – a refurbished World War One memorial. And now, 125 years after the Borough of Woodbine had its first settlers, Colby’s memorial is being announced at one of Woodbine’s quasquicentennial events.
The Firehouse building is also home to the original Borough Hall, where the artifacts for the celebration are being displayed.
“I’m very proud of it because having the monument to represent my town really makes me and my town proud,”said Schalek.
The memorial will be unveiled at Saturday morning during a dedication ceremony. From here on out, Schalek’s project will be on display for the community to remember Woodbine’s 125th celebrations, as well as honor Cape May County’s fallen heroes.