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Pearl City Scout honors fellow Eagle

Boy Scout Matthew Bronkema of Pearl City displays the bench and flowers he ordered to honor fellow Eagle Scout Leo Gerke, at Salem Cemetery near Loran. Photo submitted by Marie Bronkema.
Boy Scout Matthew Bronkema of Pearl City displays the bench and flowers he ordered to honor fellow Eagle Scout Leo Gerke, at Salem Cemetery near Loran. Photo submitted by Marie Bronkema.

PEARL CITY – A Pearl City Boy Scout will receive his Eagle Scout award medal and badge Sunday, after helping to commemorate a fellow Scout.

Matthew M. Bronkema took part in June 2016 for a funeral for Eagle Scout Leo Gerke. Bronkema, who became a Tiger Cub Scout at 6 years old, was working on his final Eagle Scout community service project.

He ordered a bench from Doty and Sons in Sycamore for Salem Cemetery near Loran. Bronkema used the balance of his Scout account to purchase the bench, and received a Scout discount from Doty and Sons. One of the company’s owners helped Bronkema select the wording, “In honor of Eagle Scout Leo Gerke, Matthew Bronkema, Eagle Scout Project 2017.”

On Dec. 2, Bronkema finished assembling the bench and planting perennials near it, with help from family, friends, neighbors, and other Boy Scouts. He completed his Eagle Board of Review on Feb. 12.

To become an Eagle Scout, a boy must complete 21 merit badges by age 18 demonstrating leadership and service, 11 of which are required specifically for the Eagle rank. Bronkema has earned 35 badges.

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