Murdock immediately started CPR, but when that didn’t revive the boy, he decided they would have to reach medical help. Volunteers positioned the boy on a piece of marine plywood in the back of a raft and launched the raft, while Murdock and the boy’s father continued giving CPR. When Murdock tired, 19-year-old Eagle Scout Titan Sweeten took over.
The boat finally reached a takeout point where the U.S. Forest Service had installed an automated external defibrillator. Murdock used the AED on the Scout, reviving him on the third try. The Scout was soon airlifted to a children’s hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, where doctors expressed amazement that he had survived after 30 minutes of CPR. He has since fully recovered.
Most Eagle Scouts aren’t called upon to navigate a damaged space craft or stage a dramatic rescue. But that doesn’t make their service any less important.
“While we’re proud to claim some truly great men in American history among our ranks, we’re even more proud that everyday Eagle Scouts become wonderful husbands, fathers, and citizens,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “They lead. They vote. They donate. They volunteer. They work hard and achieve their goals. In short, Eagle Scouts are exceptional men.”
Not all of us can be Eagle Scouts. But all of us can adopt their same spirit of selfless dedication and strive to make our communities better.
Thank you, Eagle Scouts. Here’s to the next century of service.