Welding outside the boat

Smart student makes a motor stand for river rescue boats

As reported by Brent Bader in the online newspaper My Web Times, a 17-year old high school junior from Streator, Illinois, has put his welding skills to work on behalf of the local fire department. Thanks to his energy and ingenuity, with a big assist from the welding skills he learned at Streator Township High School, the department has new outboard motor stand. The stand will be used by the department to work on motors for its river rescue boats.

The project came together when Streator Councilman Joe Scarbeary, a Streator firefighter, presented the high school’s welding instructor David Taylor with photo of a similar stand and asked if it could be recreated. Taylor assigned the project to Zach Rambo, and they worked out the project details together.

“It was my first project and I really enjoyed it,” Rambo told reporter Bader. The school prides itself on serving both academic and vocational needs of students, with a mission to “prepares its graduates to live and adapt in a changing world by offering a challenging academic and career-ready curriculum.”

Rambo, who is the first cousin of Hunter Wolfe,  who suffered a fatal accident  in a work study program at Luckey Transfer in Streator last year, will continue in the welding program as a senior and says he looks forward to future projects.

The Fire Department tweeted out their appreciation via Twitter:

Streator Fire (@StreatorFire):

Thank you to the Streator High School welding program for fabricating a boat motor mount! The mount will be a great help with the maintenance of river rescue boats. #StreatorDawgs https://t.co/1poEfBe9Sf

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