Local Boy Scout Honored for State Police Work

A Jasper Boy Scout was recently recognized for efforts with the Indiana State Police.

Over the last year, Luke Upton of Jasper has helped out the Jasper Post of the Indiana State Police by restoring the sign along Newton Street in front of the post. The Indiana State Police have been working out of the same building at the Jasper Post since 1938, though it is unknown when exactly that the sign was installed.

Upton noticed that sign was in need of repair or replacement and asked Lt. Don Bolen if he could work on it as his Eagle Scout project. Bolen gave his permission and Upton began coordination of his work with ISP employees Rich Clark and Brian Freson.

Upton completed his fundraising in a few months’ time with help from the Indiana State Police Alliance. After raising the money, Upton supervised several other scouts and adult volunteers as they removed the old sign and moved several tons worth of dirt, rock, and tree roots from the area. With help from the Jasper Street and Utility Departments, a tree in the area that was growing into utility lines was removed and the sign was moved a short distance west from where it was originally located.

After all necessary materials were purchased and the location was prepared, the new sign and landscaping were put into place. Lt. Bolen praised Upton’s work and said the Jasper Post was thankful to have been a part of his Eagle Scout Project.

Upton received his Eagle Scout Award yesterday during a ceremony at Precious Blood Church.