Boy Scout car wash benefits Oso fire department

May 21, 2014 

Boy Scout Troop 220, supported by the Key Peninsula Fire Department, ran a day-long car wash May 3 to benefit the Oso Fire Department. The funds are intended to aid in relief operations for those who suffered the devastating loss of their town in the recent mud slide.

Fire Chief Guy Allen said, “Boy Scout Daniel Shurr and his mom came to see me. Daniel was concerned after hearing that the Oso fire department had to pay for the initial response and may go bankrupt. He wanted to do something for the firefighters and had the idea of doing a car wash or garage sale. We decided they could do both, and that’s how the event was born. Daniel and his Scouts did everything; we just provided the place to do it. I was honored to be able to support them for such a great cause.”

The Scouts sent out an email announcing the car wash and rummage sale and asking for help. “If everyone gave a half-hour it would go a long way in our support of Daniel’s idea,” the email read. “Daniel is still looking for donations for the Rummage Sale portion.”

Daniel’s cause got the attention of many. Among them were Daniel’s uncle, David Weston, and grandmother, Bev Weston, of Grapeview. They opted to pitch in alongside Daniel’s mom, Vickie Shurr, who handled the garage sale in the KPFD meeting room.

The carwash got off to an enthusiastic, albeit soggy, start in the intermittent rain.

KPFD Battalion Chief Chuck West said, “I was running on the treadmill when I noticed the line of cars forming for the car wash. I told my crew members, who were also working out, and we all ran out there to help the Scouts with the long line of cars. Otherwise, the Scouts did this all by themselves.”

Troop 220 Tenderfoot and Vaughn fifth-grader Joey Cusick confessed, “I was going to just donate $10 and not come because I was so tired and didn’t really want to do it. But I am glad I came and helped, because it really made me feel good to help others.”

“As Boy Scouts, it is our civic duty to help who we can, when we can, and where we can at all times. I am so tired now, but it makes me feel good to know that I helped a lot of people I don’t even know,” said Second Class Scout Daniel Shurr, a sixth-grader at Key Peninsula Middle School.

“Being a Boy Scout is to do our best and help other people at all times,” agreed First Class Scout Adrian Cusick, a KPMS seventh-grader.

Adrian’s classmate, Star Scout Max Goins, declared, “Oso landslide is a disaster, and Boy Scouts are meant to help.”

“I did it for the community,” said their classmate, Second Class Scout Zach Wedel. “It’s really fun, and as a Scout, I am expected to help.”

Daniel’s mom, Vickie Shurr, explained, “Watching the news one morning, Daniel says to me, ‘Mom, something like that is not supposed to happen to people. I need to do something to help.’ And the idea went from there. We are so proud of him to have, at 11 years old, taken on such a big challenge.”

Daniel wants to thank the whole community for its support and gives thanks to his fellow Scouts who helped with the event. He also thanks the fire department for use of its facilities and “especially for helping wash cars when the line got backed up.”

With youngsters like these, I believe our country’s future is in good hands.

Hugh McMillan is a longtime freelance writer for the Gateway. He can be reached at

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