Heroism leads to rare honors for Scout from Westside troop
An 11-year-old Boy Scout whose Troop 187 meets at the Westside's Calvary Worship Center has received two high Scouting honors, both stemming from an incident a year and a half ago when he was credited with helping to save his grandmother's life.
Eric Jordan Evans (who goes by his middle name) will be among nine Scouts chosen from across the country to represent the Boy Scout organization in its annual Report to the Nation in Washington, D.C., Feb. 11-16. The trip will include a visit to the White House, the Pentagon, the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court, according to a communication from the national office of the Boy Scouts of America.
Evans, a Mann Middle School student, has also received Scouting's Hero-ism Award. Only given out 3,351 times since it was introduced in 1923, this award is intended for “a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at minimum risk to self,” according to the Boy Scouts website.
The incident occurred May 24, 2010, when Evans and three other young family members were with his grandmother, Ann Parker, in Fountain Creek Park in Fountain. The wind “started to pick up,” a police report states. As they ran back to the car, a large branch fell from a tree and a hit Parker on the head.
She was unconscious, bleeding badly. According to the police report, Evans took off his shirt and used it to staunch the wound; meanwhile, one of his cousins, Summer Reifschneider (10 at the time) called 911. (Note: She has since been recognized for her actions by Evans' troop and by both the Colorado Springs and Fountain police departments.)
“It was very impressive what he was faced with,” commented Troop 187 scoutmaster, John Walker of Evans' first-aid efforts on his grandmother. “Her head was cut to her skull. She was very, very badly injured.”
Parker was later transported to a local hospital, receiving 10 stiches and 30 staples in her head. “The doctors informed the kids that if not for their quick action with stopping the bleeding and calling 911 Ms. Parker would have possibly not survived,” the police report states.
The Report to the Nation selection took that incident into consideration, Walker said, along with Evans' high grades, achievements in Scouts, participation in sports and volunteer work with local charities.
Walker does not know if a local Scout has ever been so selected. “It's a great honor, to be chosen as one of nine Scouts out of 2 ˝ million in the country.”
Additional recognition has come to Evans, most recently at a ceremony this week at Calvary, with attendees including Mayor Steve Bach (who presented Evans with a “Spirit of the Springs” award) and City Council President Scott Hente.
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