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After 35 years, former police officer finally earns his Eagle Scout rank

Now blind, Bob Hildreth vividly remembers his Eagle Scout project in 1983.

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After 35 years, a former police officer in New Hampshire finally earned his Eagle Scout rank.

Now blind, Bob Hildreth vividly remembers his Eagle Scout project in 1983.

"Well, you had to get a certain amount of merit badges," Hildreth said. "You had to complete service projects, and, then, in the end, an Eagle service project."

Bob replaced the street signs in a New Hampshire town for his project.

A car accident forced him to miss his Eagle Scout board of review.

Though he moved and later became a police officer, Bob always dreamed of becoming an Eagle Scout.

His proud family was by his side for the ceremony.

"It’s amazing. I couldn’t be more happier for him," his daughter Haley Hildreth said. "He’s been such a role model in my life."

The honor comes at a time in his life when he could use some uplifting news.

"He’s on dialysis and he’s in need of a kidney," his wife Kathy Hildreth said. "Every day he’s getting stronger and stronger, so this news came at a great time."

For Bob, the honor is special.

"It means a lot. It means I finally got there," he said. It’s more than just a participation trophy."