An 18-year-old in Palm Harbor, Florida came up with a project to earn his Eagle Scout rank that also will provide critical backup communications for emergency responders should 911 communications ever fail.

Parker Mitchell got the okay to proceed after bringing the idea for the hurricane preparedness project to his local fire station. He then found equipment donations equal to $4,000 before installing the HAM radio station in the dispatcher’s office.

He next got a volunteer to climb the station’s tall tower to install the antennae for the new backup communication station.

Lastly, he trained eight firefighters to become radio operators and all eight passed to receive their licenses.

“It makes me feel really good,” Parker told the news crew from Bay-9.

(WATCH their video or READ the story at BayNews9.com)

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