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Future Eagle Scout gets a lift from Metro to finish service project

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Updated: 6/14/2013 10:08 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Those who rescue stranded hikers and skiers on Mount Charleston will have more equipment atop the mountain to save lives. In a story seen only on News 3, Marissa Mike tells us about the local teen who saw an opportunity to help and stepped up to do just that.

At Lee Canyon, near Mount Charleston, there is a first aid shed that has been waiting to be moved.

It has a big trip ahead of it. It'll be transported from the valley floor to the top of Mount Charleston by Metro's Search and Rescue.

Meanwhile, from 10,000 feet in the air, Metro Search and Rescue officers descend from a rescue helicopter to some of the most rugged parts of Mount Charleston.

But this isn't the rescue of a stranded hiker. This is training. Today's task is unusual but the lessons learned are priceless.

Officers and pilots are assigned with helping, an Eagle Scout candidate, 17-year-old Zach Brown transport his 500-pound service project.

“This structure will replace the current equipment they have on the mountain and add more to the equipment they have,” Brown said.

Brown, with the help of his mom, constructed a shed that will be used to store first aid equipment.

It will be placed near the top of Mount Charleston to assist emergency crews rescuing hikers and skiers. The structure was no easy task to complete.

“There's been a lot of sweat tears aggravation,” Brown said.

Aggravation turned to desperation when he couldn't find an agency willing to transport his project from the bottom of Mount Charleston to the top for a price he could afford.

“The contractor said they wouldn't do it for less than $3,000,” he said.
But Metro's Search and Rescue stepped up.

“It just so happened that our air unit and sar guys train in this operation. They were scheduled to do some training. It came together perfectly,” Metro Police public information officerBill Cassell
The search and rescue team was ready to hoist the structure Thursday but Mother Nature had a different plan as the wind gusts were too strong at the top of the mountain.

“We had the [shed] in position, the aircraft in position,” Cassell said. “They experienced winds aloft that were very high. It took them outside of their safety envelope.”

So they came back Friday bright and early and the conditions were perfect for an in-air lift.

Final touches included bolting the beams.

Then the Huey Helicopter approached and the structure safely connected. It was time to lift it in the air. The ropes began stretching to capacity but did not snap.

The fate of Bown's project was in the hands of the men who rescue skiers in the winter and hikers all year round.

Brown said he was excited, nervous and gut wrenched as his shed was transported.

His worries were squashed after 30 minutes when the project he created to help others in need, was safely on the ground in one piece.

“Words cannot describe or express how thankful I am toward Metro,” Brown said.

Brown's final mission this day was shaking the hands of the heroes who helped make his Eagle Scout dream a reality. As they prepared to take off again, he gave a final salute to the heroes who save lives each and every day.

Now that the first aid shed is successfully on the mountain. Brown will hike to its location to put the finishing touches on the shed. He'll find out if he's officially an Eagle Scout in September.

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