Maury County teen spends year helping make community safer

Maury County teen spends year helping make community safer (Image 1)
Maury County teen spends year helping make community safer (Image 1)

A Maury County teenager and Eagle Scout has spent more than a year helping make his community safer.

Sixteen-year-old Kyle Upchurch raised more than $13,000 to build a helipad in the Mynder Community located just south of Columbia.

Upchurch told Nashville's News 2 raising the thousands of dollars was the hardest part of the project.

“We went door knocking. We had an auction,” he said. “People from the Methodist church down here gave $1,000 just for this. I went down there and gave a speech and they gave $1,000.”

In addition to raising the needed funds, Upchurch said he helped with the project from start to finish.

“I [did] anything from shoveling a little gravel, putting a little sod down to pouring concrete. I [did] a little bit of everything,” Upchurch said.

Vanderbilt Flight Paramedic Mike Clement told Nashville's News 2 Upchurch's hard work will not only provide a safe and secure place to land, but will also help same time when it counts the most.

“It keeps our crews safe by coming to a designated area. This is a remarkable landing area that is easily to be seen from the sky, well lit and prepares us to get into a community like this so that we can shave those minutes and seconds off in the community,” Clement said.

Upchurch said building the new helipad has taught him a valuable lesson.

“I can do just about anything if I put my mind to it. If I can accomplish this there is no telling what I can do,” he said.

A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday at the Mynder Helipad.

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