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Eagle Scout candidate builds equipment for Campton Hills police

CAMPTON HILLS – Campton Hills Police Chief Dan Hoffman didn’t know what to expect when 17-year-old Sam George came by Wednesday to deliver items he made as part of his Eagle Scout project.

He appeared impressed by the teen’s efforts.

“He went over and above on this one,” Hoffman said.

George, a senior at St. Charles East High School, said he spent 233 hours on the project. In addition to raising money for the materials, he led his peers in the construction of shooting target stands and built two trunk organizers for the department’s SUV squads.

“I fit my project to their needs,” George said.

Officer Randy Johnson – who served as a liaison between the department and George – said officers gave the teen direction about what they could use.

“He got a lot of input from a lot of officers,” Johnson said.

The shooting target stands are needed because the officers use various shooting ranges, which don’t always have the equipment they need, Johnson said.

The multicompartment organizers – which included drawers with file folders – will be used to store equipment that could become potential debris in an accident. A built-in rubbery bottom should prevent the units from sliding.

Hoffman said the organizers are an improvement from the Rubbermaid tubs officers had been using.

“People will be jealous of these,” Hoffman said. “These will last a lifetime.”

George’s project must go through a review process before he is made Eagle Scout, he said. He noted he submitted his binder to the national organization this week.

The project, he said, “was rewarding.”

George is a member of Boy Scout Troop 80. His parents are David and Susan George. The family lives in Campton Hills.

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