Missouri City Eagle Scout David Sander beautifies Fire Station 4
As one of the most diverse cities in the nation, Missouri City is home to a multitude of spoken languages. While the city’s diversity has made it an attractive location for international families, language barriers do arise, and Missouri City Eagle Scout David Sander decided to address this issue with his Eagle Scout project.
To aid the city’s growing international community, Sander created a “Maltese Cross” in front of Missouri City Fire Station Number 4 to signal the building as a place of safety for area residents and visitors in need of help or assistance.
“It’s a fireman’s cross known around the world, so people who come into this area from different countries or just around the U.S.; they can know that this is a place where they can go and get safety and help,” Sander said. “This is going to help me move my rank to Eagle. The Eagle is the highest rank that you can get in the Boy Scouts. It proves to you that you know leadership and that you can organize and build something.”
The eight-point Maltese Cross is the international symbol of the fire service’s willingness to make great sacrifices in order to protect others from the ravages of fire. The honored symbol originated with a group of 11th century knights who were serving in a Jerusalem hospital. Known as the Knights of St. John, they eventually ruled over the Island Nation of Malta and displayed the eight-point cross on their flag.
“When we have an Eagle Scout that wants to do a project to beautify or reach out to our diverse community, and let them know where the fire station is located because of language barriers, we are very excited to facilitate that need,” city officials said. “The Fire Department is here to serve the community, so whenever there’s a project that’s offered that benefits the community as a whole and also beautifies our station, it’s a win-win situation.”
Sander spent two days constructing the symbol with his family and fellow Boy Scouts from Troop #140. The project required detailed planning and provided Sander not only with a leadership building opportunity but also helped him learn about the City planning process.
“To put the project together, it took me going to the city, ispeaking with Fire and Rescue Service officials and it just took processing, going through Development Services and Public Works,” Sander said. “We also had to coordinate donations.”
The cross has become the ultimate symbol of heroism and service. It is considered sacred, represents the principles of charity, loyalty, chivalry, gallantry, generosity to friend and foe, protection of the weak and dexterity in service. Sander’s hope for displaying the cross at Fire Station 4 is to not only help the community but inspire his fellow Boy Scouts to think outside the box when planning their Eagle Scout Projects.
“What I hope for the other boys to get from this is to realize that you don’t need to do something really tiny. Expand your mind,” Sander said. “You can do whatever you want, but hopefully this will represent something that you can do and you can help do something big for the community.”
The Cross can be seen at Fire Station 4, 5955 Sienna Pkwy., in Missouri City. For more information, visit the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov.
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