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Belle Vernon freshman offers tribute to veterans for Eagle Scout project

| Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 7:10 p.m.
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Heather Frantz, manager of the Pittsburgh Fisher House, presents Paul Amicucci with a certificate of appreciation and a Military Challenge Coin in recognition of his dedication and hard work in support of the VA Pittsburgh Fisher House.

Paul Amicucci wanted to design his Eagle Scout project to honor and benefit veterans in his family.

So it was fitting that a family member suggested the project that the Belle Vernon Area freshman completed.

“I asked my cousin (Monessen Veterans Council President) Ron Chromulak for a worthy Eagle project to benefit veterans,” said the Belle Vernon Area High School freshman. “He suggested the Fisher House.”

According to the organization's website, the Fisher House Foundation is “best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans' families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.”

“I wanted to do something for the veterans,” Amicucci said. “My grandfathers are veterans — Ermundo Amicucci served in the Korean War and (the late) George Bagay served overseas during World War II. And my cousin, Ron Chromulak, and uncle, George R. Bagay are veterans.”

Amicucci has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 1560, located at Rehoboth Presbyterian Church in Rostraver, since 2010. Kevin Huebner is the scoutmaster.

For his project, Amicucci filled 250 care packages, welcome bags for the guests, with essential toiletries and comfort items. He donated 50 $25 Walmart and Giant Eagle gift cards to give to the residents.

He also donated an Xbox gaming system with six games as well as three boxes of pantry food items and two boxes of cleaning supplies.

In addition, Amicucci, with the help of four fellow Scouts, troop leaders and family members, prepared a meal for the nine residents plus the staff. They served pasta casserole, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drinks.

The meal was served Nov. 22, the same date that Amicucci presented the Fisher House with the collected items.

The items donated to the Fisher House were collected during two collection days at the Rostraver Wal-Mart.

Donations were also collected at various other businesses and civic locations in the Valley as well as Legion and VFW homes.

Amicucci completed his board of review Dec. 21. His Eagle Court of Honor is scheduled for March 15.

In addition to scouting, the alto saxophone player is a member of the BVA marching, concert and jazz bands as well as the county and district bands.

He is also member of the high school student council.

He is an altar server at the Church of St. Anne in Rostraver and a member of the church's youth group.

Amicucci enjoys long distance running and is currently training for the sixth annual Center for Fitness and Health Indoor Triathlon, scheduled Feb. 23 at the Rostraver Township facility.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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