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Greg Hunts (left), Frank Schofhauser (top), Ed Hare (in bucket), Sean Grier (standing) and Jim Olson (right) remove the roof of chairlift #3 at Mt. Spokane, September 22, 2007. The crew gathered to complete Andrew Roswell's Eagle Scout project. Roswell was killed by a recycling truck in May '07. DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review

Some of you might have known Andrew Rosell. He was a Mt Spokane student who was killed when he was run over on his bicycle. He was working on his Eagle Scout ranking--and didn't get to finish his project: to repair lift three on Mt Spokane.

The Boy Scouts of America gave him the "Spirit of Eagle award, which honors Scouts who have completed much of the work required to become an Eagle Scout but died before they could achieve it." (See the full article here...)

On a recent weekend, members of the Boy Scouts; Campfire USA; friends; his parents; grandparents; an aunt; and his sister, Stephanie, gathered at the mountain to replace the chairlift's roof. They also painted the inside and outside of lodge No. 2 and cleared brush around the chairlift.

"I'm just blessed that we're able to finish this for him," said his mother, Brenda Prentice.

I don't know why, for sure, but I was just really struck by this story.

Question: When was the last time you participated in something like this? Something larger than yourself?

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