Re: Success story
Paul S. Wolf (aa854@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Tue, 2 May 1995 15:37:51 -0400
The following was posted to rec.scouting. To insure it is seen by as many
as possible, I thought I'd cross-post it here.
I hope Bob submitted the story to his council. Damien deserves an Honor
Medal from the National Court of Honor for this one. It also sounds like
an ideal candidate for the "Scouts in Action" comic in __Boys Life__.
In a previous article, firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert P. Stawicki) says:
>I have a story to brighten your day.
>The sad part is that it begins with a near tragedy.
>On February 18, 1995 one of the scouts in my pack wandered
>onto a lake across the ice, why we're not sure, but he went
>through the ice into the water. This boy was Brian Borzek.
>He was with 2 other boys at the time, Alex and Damien Wilkoski.
>Alex is in the same wolf den as Brian, both 8 years old. Damien
>is 11 and not a scout. When Brian went through the ice Alex started
>yelling and Damien went in after him. Being light in weight Damien
>got to Brian and tried to get him out of the water. Since Brian
>was wearing a down coat it was very heavy and he could not get out.
>Brian eventually went unconscious in the water. Every time Damien
>came up he grabbed Brian to turn him over in the water so that he
>was not face down. A local resident made a call to 911 and help
>on the way. A total of 86 people responded in the rescue.
>Including Penn Starr helicopter from the Univ. of Penn.
>The good news, Damien spent a few days in the hospital with no
>side effects from the accident. Brian was air lifted to Childrens
>Hospital in Phila. and spent 2 1/2 weeks. Believe it or not
>Brian has no side effects and you would never know that anything
>happened to him.
>Now the neat part.
>A few of my leaders and I wanted to recognize all the people
>who played a part in the rescue. So we did some asking around
>and evenyually got the list of people, 86 in total. All were
>invited to my Pack meeting, last Saturday - April 29. It
>started at 7:45 pm. There were two fire trucks, 4 ambulances and
>2 police cars in the parking lot when the people arrived. We had
>about 50 of the volunteers present.
>We arranged for some presentations from the Volunteers to start the
>meeting. A member of the dive team talked about what they do.
>One of my leaders talked about scouts and volunteerism. A member
>of the fire company talked about why fire companies are called
>to rescue and a member of the first aid squad gave a demo of the
>stretcher and how they can bind up a person in the straps for
>steep climbs. Brian was the volunteed victim. The highlite
>of the evening was when Penn Starr landed their helicopter in
>the parking lot. This is also the first time in 5 years that
>I lost all control of a pack meeting. Each and every boy and
>adult got to walk through the copter, me too! It was neat.
>Penn Starr gave a few minute talk on their job and then
>each and every volunteer and person involved in the rescue was
>called forward and given a certificate from the Pack. And Damien
>was awarded a medal for heroism from the Pack at the end. While
>he was up front with the rescuers we played the Sond "Hero" sung
>by Mariah Carey.
>It was uplifting for all the members to see Brian acting like a
>normal 8 year old and to see a positive completion to their
>work and effort.
>And it will be a Pack meeting that I will never forget.
>Thanks for listening,
>I wanted to tell someone and couldn't think of a better group.
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>Robert P. Stawicki CM-Pack 38 ASM-Troop38 MC-Post 38
>AT&T Bell Labs Council Training Staff
>Princeton, NJ Jersey Shore Council
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Paul S. Wolf, P.E. aa854@Cleveland.Freenet.Edu
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