MONTVILLE, NJ – As the Montville Township Department of Public Works is trying to make the VFW Post 5481 building more accessible for the aging vets who use the facility, it became obvious that a new gun rack was needed for the ceremonial rifles the veterans use in their commemorations. The guns had previously been stored upstairs, but had been moved downstairs, and a system befitting the weapons was necessary.

DPW General Supervisor Lars Darling told his son Cody, a rising seventh grader at John Hill School in Boonton, and the pair got to work. Cody told TAPinto Montville that he likes to do woodworking projects such as racks for his fishing poles, shelves, and he’s done other gun racks, so he and his dad knew what to do.

A metal cabinet had been purchased to hold the guns and associated equipment, so wooden shelves had to be cut and then routed with grooves to hold the individual rifles in place neatly.

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“I do all the drilling,” Cody said. “My dad does the hard cuts and I do the easier cuts.”

They used a rifle to measure the correct height and spacing. Cody sanded and stained the wooden pieces, and the pair attached them into the cabinet, which was then bolted to the wall. Lars also installed a light into the cabinet, making it easier to see the equipment.

“On behalf of the VFW post, I’d like to express my appreciation to Lars and Cody for their concern and swift action for making this equipment more functional,” post member Gerald Gemian said. “Using the cabinet before was difficult without the shelving, stacking slots for the equipment and the lighting.”

Cody has been a Boy Scout since third grade and has been attending the summer camp, which he says is his favorite part, along with camping. He has attained the Tenderfoot ranking.

“I like helping people,” he said.

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