David Forwalder III confronts life challenges that many people don’t, but this 17-year-old from Findlay is far from average.

As a member of Boy Scout Troop 310, an American Legion Post 3 charter that includes individuals with multiple handicaps, David recently earned his Eagle Scout badge at Hancock Park District’s Riverbend Recreation Area.

With the assistance of his parents, David and Melissa, sister and brother-in-law Samantha and Clyde Milum, and Scoutmaster Doug Couchot, David built a canoe path on the south side of the Blanchard River, just downstream from the Township Road 208 park’s covered bridge.

The Scout recognized the need for the project after consulting with Bill Patch, Hancock Park District’s park operation manager.

“I talked to Bill about helping to make it easier to get canoes in the water,” David said.

Using his share of Scouter account funds, money he earned based on hours spent selling Boy Scout popcorn, David purchased pavers from Northwest Masonry. As park visitors stopped to watch the Scout and his friends and family work, the last paver was hammered in place.

“I’ll tell you what people are going to say,” said David’s proud father. “They’re going to look at that path and say it looks great.”

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