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A hero in our midst

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sawyer Heidesch
Scout training makes a difference in Marcus teens' lives

MARCUS - It is now official. There is a Hero in our midst, by the name of Sawyer Heidesch.

On Saturday, February 19, 201,1 The Boy Scouts of America, upon Recommendation of the National Court of Honor Presented the HEROISM AWARD to Sawyer Heidesch for Demonstrating Heroism and Skill in Saving or Attempting to Save Life at Minimum Risk to Self.

Sometimes events happen that change the course of our future. On June 16, 2010 such an event took place on the west side of Marcus where Sawyer and Melissa Tabke were out for a walk that night when Melissa was unexpectedly hit from behind by a motorcycle. She and the driver were injured. At just 17 years old Sawyer was then faced with a horrendous situation, the likes of which he had never seen before.

Sawyer responded like any good Boy Scout, checking over the situation fast, calling 911 and finding backup EMT service from a nearby neighbor until medical help arrived.

His friend Melissa was in great medical need and Sawyer triaged her to the best of his ability. Knowing that both her legs were broken and her right foot had been severely torn, he kept Melissa talking and made sure she didn't lie down or close her eyes or realize how much pain she should be in. He asked her to tell him who she was and where she lived just to check for brain damage or memory loss.

When Police Officer Jim Ebert and EMT Dennis Brady arrived, Sawyer provided a statement for the police when asked. He kept a cool head the entire time, used his Scout First Aid training and was able to make a positive difference in what may have been a much more devastating situation.

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