Forest Park Fire Chief Eddie Buckholts presented a proclamation to Markell E. Magsby during a recent city council meeting for becoming an Eagle Scout.
FOREST PARK — Eagle Scouts get congratulatory letters from the President of the United States, former presidents and other politicians all the time. But when those letters have your name on it, it’s a big deal.
It was to Markell Elijah Magsby, who recently became an Eagle Scout and received a proclamation from the city of Forest Park proclaiming Sept. 18, 2012, “Markell Elijah Magsby Day.”
“I was like WOW! I never expected that — me, of all people,” exclaimed Magsby. “I really never knew that becoming an Eagle Scout would come with so many benefits. I never expected to get so many letters — they were from the President of the U.S., Barack Obama, former presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush ... and so many others.”
Congressman John Lewis and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal also were among the elected officials who wrote Magsby, who was invited to Forest Park City Hall by the fire chief.
“I had no idea, when I was invited to the city council meeting, that a portion of the meeting would be dedicated to me,” he added. “The fire chief presented me with a proclamation, because of my contributions to Forest Park.”
Forest Park Mayor Pro-Tem Sparkle Adams said the City of Forest Park Fire and Emergency Services desired a flag pole to be placed at the former Fort Gillem Fire Station and wanted to utilize a water pipe replaced from its ladder truck as a flag pole.
“Magsby approached the Fire and Emergency Services about the need of a special community-oriented project to complete his Eagle Scout honors,” Adams said. “He successfully managed the project of installing the water pipe, rigging the pipe for placement of the United States and State of Georgia flags.”
Forest Park Fire Chief Eddie Buckholts lauded Magsby’s effort.
“When he got the pole up, he built a nice walkway, by landscaping it with flowers around the pole inside the pavers,” Buckholts said. “Because it was a community project, he was able to receive his scout badge based on that project.”
The Forest Park City Council announced the proclamation for Magsby during the Sept. 17 council meeting. He received the Eagle Scout badge Sept. 29.
“I felt like I was on top of the world,” Magsby said. “I think me and my scout team did a pretty good job. I feel accomplished.”
Magsby said he became a Boy Scout in August 2005. A 2012 graduate of Morrow High School, Magsby is a freshman at Fort Valley State College, studying Plant Science Biotechnology.
“I am so proud of him, it was a big accomplishment,” said Markell’s mother, Tina Magsby. “Once he reached the age of 16, he had so much stuff he had to do for school. I think it is important for young men to get themselves together.”