LIMA — Elida High School senior Jon Frueh will be leading the Gomer Boy Scouts Troop 84 in reconstructing the William Metzger Memorial at Metzger Reservoir.
The project is serving as Frueh’s Eagle Scout Service Project. He has redesigned the monument, but the main goal is to make it more readily accessible.
“(Frueh) looked at where the Metzger Memorial is currently at and said that’s not accessible, he thought about everyone who might want to see it,” Head Park Ranger Randal Kohli said. “We’re going to move it from where it currently sits about 500 yards over so it’s next to the parking lot and it’s totally handicap accessible.”
Frueh said he and Kohli went through a few different options for the service project, and landed on the monument together that honors Metzger, World War II veteran who was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Frueh has been involved with Troop 84 since fifth grade and is using the project to earn his Eagle Scout ranking.
“Part of the requirements of the Eagle Project is you have to lead a team,” explained Scout Master Chad Bryan. “That means he’s going to have to organize a schedule, find tasks for individuals to do, whether adult or youth, he’s got that whole undertaking. He’s basically being the project foreman.”
That means Frueh was tasked with creating the new design as well.
“My parents and I just worked together and found different examples online of different monuments for World War II online,” Frueh said. “We based it off the World War II monument in Washington D.C. so there’s going to be a type of pillar design in it to represent Metzger being in World War II.”
With plans in hand approved by the City of Lima, Frueh is working with contractors to get the project underway in the next few weeks.
Kohli said the estimated amount to complete the project is $10,000. It is set to be done by Nov. 9.
“It’s really neat knowing he approached (the city) and said we need to relocate this because where it’s at, it’s not accessible,” said Bryan. “It kind of puts you in the mindset of how Jon thinks about things … It’s been neat to watch the project develop and as with any project, we’re trying to train them to be the future leaders of tomorrow, trying to lead a team to accomplish a goal.”
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.