By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
DRUMMOND, Okla. —
Above the entry to the small town park is a brand new sign made of fresh wood and black steel letters that say, “Welcome to Drummond Park.”
The sign was the Eagle Scout project for 17-year-old Dillon Throckmorton. The recent high school graduate said he wanted to do something for the park he used to play at as a child, when he saw there was a need.
“I was fortunate to get enough help to get it done,” he said. “I was going by one day and I saw it was pretty empty right there.”
As well as the new sign for the park, Throckmorton included new flower gardens on either side of the entrance to the park.
He ran the idea past his Scoutmaster and got the plan approved by the Scout board for his Eagle project. The build day was June 22 and Throckmorton said he began making calls June 11 to local businesses and members of the community to get the needed supplies.
He knew he needed to get the project done quickly — he turns 18 July 17 and ships off for Marine boot camp a few days before that. Throckmorton said he wanted to join the Marines because of his grandfather’s military service and he has other family members who have served in the Corps.
“My grandpa George Throckmorton has a lot of military experience,” the teen said. “He was in the Air Force for 24 or 25 years and he was a big influence on me.”
One of Throckmorton’s neighbors, Marlene Dierksen, said she couldn’t be prouder of the young man.
“He’s just a sweetheart,” she said. “Every time I see him he says, ‘Is there anything I can do to help? Is there anything I can carry?’”
Dierksen said when some new neighbors moved in, Throckmorton always was offering his help.
“He takes his hammer and stuff over there and starts helping them,” she said. “He never expects to be paid. He must like to help people.”
Dierksen said the teen deserved recognition for his deeds.
“We have these other kids that are always tearing things up and he’s out there picking up trash and fixing things,” she said. “He’s just got a big heart, let me tell ya.”
Dierksen said she also was proud of Throckmorton for joining the Marines.
“You can just tell by looking at his eyes he never has caused any trouble,” she said. “I’m just so proud of him for going into the Marines.”
Throckmorton said doing a project to improve the park was a natural fit.
“It needs to be done and that’s what we do as Boy Scouts. We leave things cleaner than when we found them,” he said. “That’s how we do business. If I didn’t do it, who’s going to?”
Throckmorton was quick to say he had plenty of help with the project.
“My dad helped me, my grandpa, Dale Huse (one of his Boy Scout leaders),” he said. “Bob Dunlap, who lives across the street, helped me cut this out with his welding truck, out of the kindness of his heart.”
Throckmorton said he got help with the letters from Curt Robinson, owner of Robinson Welding, as well as donations from Lowe’s and Atwoods.
“Thanks for donating and thanks for everyone who helped out,” he said.
He said one of the biggest lessons he learned during the project was some advice given to him when he began.
“You need to be prepared. That’s what they told you,” he said of the Scout Council. “As long as you’re prepared, everything will fall into place.”