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TOP PHOTO: Brothers Sam Fallon, Matthew Fallon and Geoffrey Fallon get ready to accept their Eagle Scout Awards during Sunday’s presentation for the National Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the LDS c...

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED December 30, 2012 11:45 p.m.

LATHROP - Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is difficult enough.

Less than five percent of all scouts ever make it to the prestigious level. The list of those who have done so includes presidents, astronauts, Supreme Court justices, famous Hollywood icons and professional athletes.

But for Geoff Fallon, he did so at the same time that his two brothers – Sam and Geoff – tackled the challenge. The ceremonies took place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meeting house at Union Road and Northgate Drive in Manteca.

On Sunday the triplets formally received the 101-year-old honor that has been bestowed upon 2 million scouts since its inception.

To say it was educational – said Sam Fallon, who installed signs at a pair of parks in Lathrop – is an understatement.

“I worked on them from March through November – working on the design and everything that goes into it,” he said. “And then I had to jump through hoops. The planning commission; the parks and recreation commission – I had to make proposals and get approvals and it’s something that I didn’t realize when I started.

“I learned a lot.”

He even earned some new fans and supporters along the way.

Lathrop’s City Engineer was so thrilled with his proposal – creating redwood signs, using a special saw to carve the lettering and painting the name of the park and address in safety yellow so that people can see – that she asked about making a donation.

And that wasn’t the only support that they got from City Hall.

When Geoff Fallon was preparing for his project – painting “No Dumping, Drains to River” on nearly three dozen of storm drain outlets in the community – he had City Manager Steve Salvatore step up and advise him on the things that he thought would work best.

And the city’s maintenance staff was quick to point out the fire hydrants that needed painting so that Matt Fallon could tackle his project – giving them the good once over to improve the aesthetics of neighborhoods and the community as a whole.

While Geoff knew that he would be rewarded for his efforts, he also said he felt like he was doing something constructive for his community at the same time. It showed him that it’s entirely possible to volunteer and make a difference.

“I think I did a service that has gone a way because with all of the budget cuts that work just isn’t a priority anymore,” he said. “I think doing something like this encourages more scouts to help their community and establish something that they can build from.”

All three attend Lathrop High School and are involved in after-school activities. Matt is on the honor roll and the golf team while Geoff is a part of the district honor band and the school’s advanced and marching bands. Sam participates in advanced choir and FFA – raising and showing goats at the San Joaquin County Fair.

While they’ve all been scouting since they were 8-years-old, they’re now the elder statesmen and the role models for the younger scouts to look up to – just like the Eagle Scouts that they looked up to when they were just trying to earn those merit badges.

“I enjoy the leadership aspect of it,” said Matt – who recruited between 15 and 20 people to help him complete the project. “Sometimes it’s hard for people to get up and speak in front of other people and get up there and lead, and you learn how to do that.

“I found out that there was another kid that painted fire hydrants a few years ago and I tried to get in touch with him to find out how he did it. I wouldn’t have done that before.”

Then of course there’s the doting mother.

“I couldn’t be prouder right now,” Monique Fallon said. “It’s a proud day. We hoped that it would come, but there’s always that daunting thought – ‘Are you going to get there?’”

“I think it’s a great program for character building and it has helped shape them into the young men that they are today. And their accomplishment speaks for itself.”

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