A group of Conway Boy Scouts put their skills to the test last week when they drove up on an accident involving an elderly couple.
The scouts — Denver Chandler, Charles Lutz and Liam Daugherty — were headed to camp in St. Joseph, Missouri, last week when they noticed a car had crashed into a telephone pole.
Riding along with Athena and Tyler Lutz, who are both leaders of Troop 392 and also Charles' parents, the three boys quickly jumped into action with one goal in mind: to help those in need.
"We basically came up on the scene," Athena recalled as she described how quickly the boys responded. "Before I could get the vehicle fully stopped, Tyler literally jumped out of the vehicle, then Charlie jumped out and the boys asked if they could also help and jumped out of the car."
Each of the boys has undergone first aid training. Athena said the training has proven itself to be more than just another merit badge earned for these boys, but instead is a life skill.
The boys described their deed not as a heroic action, but as their duty.
Nicole Harris, mother to Liam, said she is proud of these boys and that while they don't see the significance of their actions, she was glad they'd received first aid training and knew what to do.
"They don't understand the significance of their actions," she said, noting she'd spoken with the victim's family, who have expressed their gratitude for the boys' service. "The couple's daughter said she wanted to make sure everyone knew how much it was appreciated."
Despite the recent praise, the boys each agreed they were only doing what was right and responding the only way they knew how.
"We were just doing what we've been taught to do," Chandler said.
The three looked at each other as they casually remarked that a Boy Scout's duties include helping others.
"It's not just camping and first aid training," Chandler said as he described what Boy Scouts of America is all about. "It's [also] leadership, friendship and reliability with other people. It's one of the points of our laws."
Charles said it seemed as if time stood still while they were on scene.
"We were on scene for [40 minutes] but it didn't seem that long," he said. "It felt like we were there a very short time."
Athena said she was proud of each of the three boys, noting she feels confident these skills will stick with these boys in a positive way for the rest of their lives.
"This is what they are trained for and they learned these scout skills," she said. "People think, 'Oh, I've got these merit badges and can just hang out.' But, these boys proved that what you learn in these scout meetings, you can actually take it and apply it to real life. That's something that us scout leaders tell these boys — don't just come here and learn what you learn and forget it once you leave these doors, apply it to everyday life. Take it to school, take it to your friends, take it home, because you never know when you learn something when it's going to become valuable."
Jim Creager, a Battalion Chief at the Harrison Fire Department, also spoke highly of the boys' skills and reaction to the situation at hand.
While the three scouts aided the crash scene, Athena helped direct traffic along Highway 65.
"They did an excellent job with what they had to work with," Creager said.
Creager was off duty the day this happened — Friday, Aug. 3. However, he said the emergency medical technicians on scene also praised the boys' skills and that he also happened to drive up on the scene as the three worked to help extract the couple from their vehicle that was stuck in a ravine.
"I just happened to be going by, the firefighters had just arrived on scene when I got there," he said. "These boys rendered quality first aid."
Tyler said above all, he was amazed at how well the three scouts handled the situation, noting they remained professional throughout the entire scenario.
"They were able to keep themselves composed throughout this whole situation," he said. "They listened, they communicated and did what they had to do help the situation. There were no arguments ... They got in there and got dirty with it."