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Eagle Scout Puts Life Skills To Work


When Will Imming III found himself in a serious situation that required him to make quick decisions and rely on his first aid training, he realized how important Scouting is in his life.

More specifically, it helped save his friend’s life.

Will, who has been a Scout since the first grade, has achieved the ranks of Arrow of Light with the Super Achiever, Eagle Scout with 48 merit badges, Brotherhood within the Order of the Arrow, and the Venturing Silver Scout Award. And as of November 2013, he also possesses the Medal of Merit.

The medal merit is awarded to a youth member who has performed some outstanding act of service or a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others. Will became just one of 126 Scouts nationwide to earn the Medal of Merit in 2012.

Below, Will recounts an incident in which he was forced to apply all of his Scouting skills to “assist a friend in a tragic situation where seconds counted and taking too long would have changed the outcome in terms of his friend’s quality of life forever.”

In His Own Words…
This is briefly what happened on that fateful night. My friend had impulsively decided, without any warning, to skateboard down a very steep hill that wasn’t paved very well, without a helmet, and in the dark. He had made it about halfway down the hill when he had lost control and fell. He had fractured his skull and was bleeding profusely from his head. I had used my first aid skills to check for vital signs as well as broken bones. When I noticed a car coming our way, I waved the car down to stop and asked them to call 911 with the necessary information.

When I had done as much as I could do to that point, I left Matt in the care of my friends and ran all the way back to my high school’s varsity football game, where I knew I could find a fire department paramedic team stationed there and asked them to return with me for help right away. They understood Matt’s needs and ran back with me to him, with some equipment. When we returned, they triaged my friend further and radioed in his condition and vitals so that when the ambulance finally arrived, all they had to do was scoop and go. As a result of the paramedic’s call into St. John’s Mercy Hospital, and based on the severity of his injuries, St. John’s Mercy Hospital was prepared to immediately airlift my friend to Children’s Hospital. Once at Children’s Hospital, my friend immediately underwent brain surgery and has since made a full recovery.

After things settled down at the site of the accident, I noticed how my friends, who were present at the time, seemed more or less paralyzed. I can honestly understand why they were. They are very good friends and are very smart people. But the difference was that the Scouting first aid programs helped me stay calm and more focused in terms of “the bigger picture.” These friends were either not Scouts or Scouts that had not yet received full first aid training yet, but thanks to God’s grace, I had that training and it really made a difference. This, combined with being physically fit, which is another Scouting attribute, allowed me to run the distances to get additional help. And that helped us to save a significant amount of time between the actual accident and his brain surgery.

After the surgery, the doctor told my friend’s mother that he was lucky that he received treatment as quickly as he did, and that “the first 15 minutes make all of the difference” in the quality of his life. I keep thinking of something my dad says from time to time, when I reflect on these events, and that is, “chance favors the prepared mind.” And Scouting certainly prepared me more than I realized.

It is a one-of-a-kind organization that transcends the entire spectrum of life itself. It is a safe haven to practice life skills.