Eagle Scout Project Assists Firefighters

(November 2008)

Dakota Starkey, of Troop 25, knows exact how many fire hydrants are in Montebello - 163. His Eagle Scout Project involved stenciling the Maltese Cross (the firefighter symbol) on the roads to mark the fire hydrants in the Village of Montebello. The symbol was painted with white latex traffic paint using a stencil that was placed between the double yellow line and the curb, directly perpendicular to the fire hydrant. With the help of other scouts they marked 163 fire hydrants. This community project will assist firefighters in an emergency to quickly locate a fire hydrant.  


Dakota’s project require many hours of planning and work. It involved recruiting volunteers to help complete the project and numberous approvals.

With the support from Troop Leader Dennis Kay, as well as Steven Solomon, Ron Starkey, and his fellow scouts, Jack Gomback, Brendan Guerin, Jesse Starkey, Richie Terwilliger, Peter and Gill Altebrando, Harrison Tuchman, and Jake Friedland, the project ran smoothly.

Community support from the Monsey and Tallman fire Department, along with the Village of Montebello, Village Clerk, Debra Mastroeni was vital to the success of this project.

An additional thanks to Mayor Oppenheim for providing food and beverages to the helpers.