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As the oldest of four siblings, Ronald Daniels III of Buffalo says he feels it's his "responsibility to be an example for them, and to do all I can to help my great-grandmother." Ronald, 14, an Eagle Scout, is achieving his goals.

As his Eagle project, he arranged for physical examinations to be given to children of his community free of charge by Dr. John Fabian. "He has worked very hard to earn all the necessary badges," said Paulette Voit of the Boy Scouts of America's Greater Niagara Frontier Council. "Ronald is very active in his community and church." He's a member of Troop 877, sponsored by St. Gerard's Catholic Church.

Ronald has been a familiar face at events ranging from the Kids Day benefit to African-American History Masses.

"Even though I've completed the requirements for Eagle Scout, I have many years that I can continue to participate, help other scouts advance and get the most out of the scouting program," Ronald said. "I would like to perhaps become a scoutmaster in the future."

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