Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Scout Risks Life For Wounded Colorado Teacher
Scout Risks Life For Wounded Colorado Teacher
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 15:24:29 GMT
I haven't read last night's Digest,a nd I hope this is not a
repetition. The following story is worth a read.
The Washington Post service carried the following story which appeared
in the San francisco Chronicle today, 22 April 1999:
Littleton, Colorado. -- There were killers in the halls of
Columbine High School, yes. But there were also kids like Aaron
Hancey and teachers like Dave Sanders.
When bullets began flying Tuesday, panicked students saw
Sanders, the much-loved coach of the girls basketball team, standing
in a smoke-filled hallway, urgently directing them toward an escape
route. Then he was reeling, shot twice, wounded in each shoulder.
He staggered through the door of a nearby classroom, where
terrified kids saw him cough blood. Panic. Did anyone know first
A teacher rushed to the next room, where he found Hancey, 17,
a junior with Boy Scout training in first aid. Swallowing his fear,
Hancey followed the teacher out of the relative safety of the room and
into the awful corridor. =20
He found Sanders in a red pool on the white linoleum floor.
Hancey peeled off his white T-shirt, urging other boys in the room to
do the same. Some of the clothes were made into a pillow. Other
shirts were pressed into sander's wounds.
There was a phone in the room and Hancey called his father,
who used a second line to call paramedics. the elder hancey relayed
questions and advice. For the next three hours, Hancey led a
children's crusade to drive their teacher's life.
They pressed constantly on the wounds. They found safety
blankets to keep their patients warm. Gingerly, they extracted
Sander's wallet and held it open before his eyes so he could see the
pictures of his wife and daughters.
"I'm not going to make it," one of the kids heard Sanders Say.
Hancey did not give up.
He and his fellow students kept pressing their shirts into
Sander's shoulders. he spoke constantly to the teacher, leaning
close: "You're doing all right. They're coming. Just hold on. You
can do it."
"Tell my girls I love them," Sanders breathed.
Three hours passed this way.
Then Hancey looked up to see a heavily armed officer slide
through the doorway. "Be quiet. Put your hands on your heads and
follow us out," he barked.
Hancey offered to stay with Dave Sanders. "We've got to get
everyone out," the policeman said.
Sometime after the boy left -- it is not known precisely when
-- Sanders joined the Dead. END QUOTE
I don't know young Mister Hancey, but I sure wish I did. I am very
proud of this Scout and just as proud of his Scouters who have lead by
example and provided the training he was called upon to use. Some say
we are "in it for the boys" when asked about why we are Scouters. I
think we are also in it for teachers like Dave Sanders.=20
And don't forget the young men at Springfield High School in
Oregon last year, Scouts and High School wrestlers who tackled and
subdued the shooter in that tragedy.
Yours In Scouting,
District Commissioner, Chief Solano District
Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, Fairfield California
And a good ol Bob-WHITE!, too. (NE-IV-74 Germany 1995)