by Ray Pauley
Public Information Officer
Grand Island Fire Co.
Grand Island Fire Co. Cadet Evan Shaw was awarded the prestigious Eagle Scout rank during a special ceremony on Oct. 28 at fire headquarters.
Fire Chief Kevin Koch, himself an Eagle Scout, reaffirmed Shaw's long-term Scouting commitment, which started in 2002 as a Cub Scout and culminated on Jan. 12 when he reached the ultimate Eagle achievement. His qualifying project while a member of Troop 630 involved a 160-hour cleanup, painting and repair venture at the Nike Base Community Center, and included 30 other fellow Scouts.
Several official proclamations recognized this personal milestone, including one from the Grand Island Town Board, which congratulated Shaw for his Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
Meanwhile, Shaw pursued another character- building goal when he became a GIFC fire cadet on July 29, 2009, and recently advanced to this position of senior cadet as part of his community service training.
In addition, Shaw has earned three separate scholarship grants towards his college studies at the University at Buffalo, where he is pursuing undergraduate courses in biomedical engineering.