Eagle Scout project spruces up Osage City with fresh coat of paint on fire hydrants

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Don Curtis, right, puts the finishing touches on a freshly painted fire hydrant, with the assistance of volunteer Caleb Love. Photo thanks to Rick Potter.

Osage City residents have been noticing that many fire hydrants around town have a new coat of paint. Don Curtis, a Scout in Troop 106, Osage City, has been heading up the recently completed painting project as part of obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Curtis said he organized several crews of volunteers, made up of fellow Scouts, troop leaders and parents, to paint 49 hydrants. The original goal was to paint 28 hydrants, but with those being completed sooner than expected, and with extra paint, more hydrants were painted. Curtis said the crews started in the downtown area, worked down Sixth Street, then along Seventh Street, and finished with hydrants around Osage City’s schools.

He said the success of the community service project depended on his volunteer crews, but he also appreciated assistance from Don Bailey and Dan Romine, OCFD No. 2 fire chief, who helped with the project’s logistics. The city of Osage City provided paint for the project.

Curtis said the hydrants were not all painted the same colors, with the tops of the hydrants painted according to a color code that designates the pressure of each hydrant. He said most of the hydrants appeared to have not been repainted since their original installation, and many have been in place for decades.

He said the project helped him complete the requirements to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, which he expects to receive in an Eagle ceremony later this year.

Curtis is a senior at Osage City High School.

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