Eagle Scout Helps Save Ranch from Danger of Fire

When a massive fire threatened to destroy his family’s ranch, an Eagle Scout’s quick thinking and commitment to be prepared helped protect the ranch from the danger of fire.  For his efforts, he earned the Medal of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America.

Eagle Scout Helps Save Ranch from Fire
Matt received the Medal of Merit (photo: Todd Dickson, Mountain View Telegraph)

The Medal of Merit signifies that a Scout has performed an act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.

With his father away on a business trip, Eagle Scout Matthew L. of the Boy Scouts of America Great Southwest Council was in charge of preparing the house, moving livestock, and prepping for a possible evacuation.

He and his mother made sure all of the animals were safe and prepared so that they could be moved quickly if the fire approached the ranch. He also mowed grass, cleared away wood, and soaked the barn with water to help reduce the possibility of it burning should the fire reach the property.

The Scout’s preparations were so thorough that when an evacuation order did come for those living nearby, Matthew’s family was granted the ability to remain on their property.

To learn more about how Matthew knew what it means to truly be prepared, be sure to read the full story on


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