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Scout is a 'walking miracle'

Dellinger recovers from accident, attains Eagle rank

Dellinger recovers from accident, attains Eagle rank

September 06, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - When Adam Dellinger finished his Eagle Scout project, he felt a great sense of accomplishment and pride.

His parents, Brenda and Robert Dellinger, on the other hand, were experiencing what might be described as a miracle coming to pass as their son reached the milestone.

Seriously injured in an automobile accident a week before Christmas 2004, their only child was unconscious for nine days and hospitalized for seven weeks at Washington County Hospital.

"The doctors said he was a walking miracle," Brenda Dellinger said. "We knew that God had a plan for his life."

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Now 18, Adam had to relearn everything - walking, talking, eating and holding up his head, plus all the other daily activities most take for granted.

Nine months after his accident, Adam organized and led his Eagle project, which was the restoration of approximately 4 1/2 miles of hiking trails at Greenbrier State Park.

The project involved more than 175 hours of planning and work that spanned several weekends in the fall of 2005 and involved more than 50 participants.

Trees and branches were trimmed, trash and debris were removed, trail markings were repaired or replaced, and signposts were added or repainted if necessary.

A day before heading off to McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., as a member of the freshman class, Adam said his 12 years in Boy Scouting have been very important to him.

Adam was a member of Den 20 of Cub Scouts and then Troop 20 of Boy Scouts, both sponsored by the Boonsboro Lions Club.

As for his project, Adam said he received suggestions from his former Scoutmaster, and chose the Greenbrier project because he likes the outdoors.

The day of the accident, Adam said he was headed to the bank after school to cash his paycheck. He made a left turn into the bank and after that, he has no memory of being hit by an oncoming truck.

"He was awake, but not aware for a long time at the hospital," Brenda Dellinger said. Then, there was rehabilitation while he was in the hospital, and later as an outpatient at Robinwood Medical Center.

As far as schooling, Adam received home instruction for a while during the 2004-05 school year.

"I went back in the spring of 2005 for one class of junior English," Adam said.

That fall, he was back in school, graduating with the class in 2006 with a 3.5 grade-point average.

Adam's Eagle Court of Honor was held Aug. 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boonsboro. He received congratulations and special presentations from Scout executives and leaders, and local and state-elected representatives.

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