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Family honored with son's Eagle Scout award

Caleb Holman received the Eagle Scout award he earned before dying in a backyard pool accident on July 4. Caleb Holman received the Eagle Scout award he earned before dying in a backyard pool accident on July 4.
DICKSON, TN (WSMV) -

Tonight the family of Caleb Holman received the Eagle Scout award he earned before he was killed in a tragic accident.

A large crowd was present at the ceremony to honor Holman.

He may have died at 17, but his influence, hard work and will to finish outweighed his years.

"We're doing all right. We got through Christmas and that was a big hurdle," said Michael Holman, Caleb Holman's dad.

It would be easy for tragedy to define the story of Caleb Holman.

But he wouldn't have wanted that, so neither did his dad.

"He was a good man. I made a good man out of him," said Michael Holman.

Caleb Holman died July 4 in an accident in a backyard swimming pool.

Michael Holman, who works as White Bluff's police chief, was the first to respond.

"The family's doing well. We're all pulling together," said Holman. "There's other days that go by that are not so good."

The 17-year-old spent years as a Boy Scout and planned to build benches at Veterans' Memorial Park to become an Eagle Scout.

When he died, dozens of people stepped up to finish the project in the teen's memory.

"He wouldn't have wanted it to go unfinished. He would have wanted it to be finished," said Holman. "It was important to him to finish the project, to get it done, to get his Eagle, and we did it."

Tonight, Caleb Holman became an Eagle Scout in traditional fashion.

The Boy Scouts will bestow the honor, not out of consolation, but solely because a committee voted he earned it.

For his family, the honor helps, but doesn't fill the void of a young life lost in a single, terrible moment.

"It's a finish to a trail he started when he was 6," said Michael Holman. "I think it will be a good thing."

Caleb Holman was also an organ donor. After his death, several people received his organs.

Those eight park benches will soon bear his name as a lasting tribute to the newest Eagle Scout in Middle Tennessee.

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