Members of Central Bucks Emergency Medical Services have a new place to take a few minutes to relax between calls at their station in Warwick Township thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Tim Goldberg.
Tim, 17, recently supervised more than a dozen Scouts BSA Troop 137 members and adult leaders in building a patio behind the EMS station off Meyer Way in the township.
Construction of the patio was very personal for Tim. A volunteer firefighter with the Hartsville Fire Company in Warminster, he plans to pursue a career in emergency medical services.
“This is very close to my heart,” he said of the project. “This meant a lot to me.”
He learned about the need for a patio from members of Warwick’s public works department.
The area behind the station “was difficult to mow,” Tim explained. So he came up with an idea to benefit the EMS crews that alleviated a headache for the public works crews.
The patio measures 270-square-feet in size and consists primarily of sand and gray, tan and red bricks.
Allied Supply of Limerick donated the bricks and Tim secured the rest of the supplies from the public works department.
The volunteers donated between 10 and 12 hours each on May 11th to help construct the patio, he said.
“Tim and his crew were awesome and their efforts are greatly appreciated,” said Chuck Pressler, the EMS unit’s chief. “A comfortable outdoor resting is always nice to have for EMS crews, whether it’s for eating or just sitting and relaxing. It can really get (us) through a shift.
We aren’t generally used to people volunteering their time to help EMS squads so this is very unique and we can’t be thankful enough.”
Before moving forward with the project, Tim had to draw up a design for the patio and secure the troop’s and Washington Crossing Council’s approval of the work.
The Eagle Scout candidate estimates he will put in about 40 more hours handling responsibilities related to the project that are required before and after the volunteers do the actual work.
“It teaches the scouts independence and leadership skills,” said Vince Caimi, assistant scoutmaster of the troop sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church in Warrington.
The Eagle Scout rank is the highest bestowed by Scouts BSA and is achieved by earning merit badges, participating in troop camping and community service activities and completing an extensive project to benefit the community, according to scouting.org.
Only a small percentage of scouts earn the rank.
“People don’t realize how much time and energy kids put into these projects,” Vince said.
Tim, son of Mark and Amy Goldberg, is a junior at Central Bucks High School in Warrington.
He is a member of the school’s football team in addition to being a volunteer firefighter and scout.
The scout has served in a variety of leadership roles with the troop, working to guide younger scouts on their own trail to Eagle.
“Tim is a great kid,” Vince said. “He is like an old soul. He is quiet, but he is someone we can always count on.”
PHOTO CAP: Tim Goldberg (third from left) and the volunteer crew who helped build the patio at the EMS station.