66-year-old Eagle Scout fulfills his goal

66-year-old Bill Hartman - the newest Eagle Scout.

January 19, 2011 8:49:09 PM PST
66-year-old Bill Hartman is getting ready for the night of his life - the night he goes from Boy Scout to Eagle Scout.

"This is the highest I can go, can't go no more," he said.

And getting here wasn't exactly easy.

It took Hartman, who has cerebral palsy, 25 years.

He earned all 21 merit badges needed, completed the community service required of him and finished his final project.

For Hartman, attaining his goals despite the challenges before him is nothing new.

Ever since he was a kid he was determined, whether it was to stand or to perform in the Special Olympics, he did it.

"And I promised myself I was going to do it," he said.

The 66-year-old resident at the Mary Campbell Center says he was inspired by his neighbor, Michael Luternau who became an Eagle Scout back in 2002.

And he's determined to prove to others, they can do it too.

"They can do the same thing if they put their mind to it," Harmtan said.

And on Wednesday night, his dream came true and Bill Hartman was given his official title during the special ceremony.