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80-year-old Indiana man receives Eagle Scout Award

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FORT WAYNE, Ind (Fort Wayne's NBC) - An 80-year-old Indiana man received his Eagle Scout Award Sunday afternoon after several decades.

80-year-old Ed Keller joined the Troop 5 Franklin School in Fort Wayne in 1951. When he turned 18, Keller left for the Air National Guard. 

Keller told Fort Wayne's NBC News he always knew he wanted to get his Eagle Scout Award. Now, more than 60 years later, he finally did it.  

“Well it was something I thought I would never get.” Keller said. “Because of the circumstances that happened." 

Keller joined the Air National Guard in 1958. After retiring from the military, Keller became a firefighter at the Fort Wayne Fire Department for 28 years.  

He even worked at the post office for several years. 

"It seems like I've retired from everything,” Keller said. “So, it's hard to look back and believe it's even happening." 

For many years, Keller never knew he actually met all his requirements to earn the Eagle Scout Award. Until, his sister found his original application he filled out when he was 18-years-old. 

Keller took that application to the Anthony Wayne Area Council and they reviewed it. After looking at his resume, they awarded him with the Eagle Scout Award over 60 years later. 

Vince Lovergine

Vince Lovergine joined the WPTA team August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.

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