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Boy Scout builds new training course for K9 units

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Kaj Eckerdt is a 14 year old Boy Scout who is shy and modest.  He has raised more than $2,000 through community donations, and even mowed some lawns, to help get materials to build nearly a dozen obstacle course pieces for the Volusia County Sheriff's K9 unit.

"I like dogs, I thought it would be good to do something for the K9 unit, so that's what I did," Kaj said.

His big heart and hard work are getting the attention of Volusia's Sheriff Ben Johnson in a big way.  "Kaj has taken this work and done a fantastic job," said Johnson.  "That's something I can't say enough about."

Eckerdt is trying to earn Eagle Scout honors, the most prestigious award a Boy Scout can achieve.  He spent more than 500 hours designing, building and painting a new obstacle course for the dogs.  He said he is not only walking away with much more than a good shot at a new title, but also a dream for a career as a Volusia County Sheriff's deputy.

Eckerdt said, "I thought it was pretty cool to see them using stuff that I built with all my friends."

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