Fayetteville Eagle Scout could win national award

Posted January 6, 2011 6:08 p.m. EST
Updated January 6, 2011 6:09 p.m. EST

Jacob Netzel, an Eagle Scout in Fayetteville and member of Troop 40 of the Occoneechee Council, is one of four finalists for the prestigious American Spirit Award presented by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

Netzel, 17, raised $40,000 to construct a memorial to 28 members of the 3rd Special Forces Group headquartered at Fort Bragg who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. He spent four years on the project.

The award recognizes one or more Scouts who demonstrate extraordinary skill, professionalism and a spirit of excellence in a challenging situation.

Online votes will count for 50 percent of the total and are being tallied from Jan. 5 through Feb. 11. Vote for the American Spirit Award