The Boy Scout motto is “be prepared” — and one Ohio teenager exemplified that statement, as his heroic actions saved the life of a fellow Scout.
Brandon Klotter, then just 13 years old, was camping with his troop at Camp Michaels in Union, Kentucky, back in June 2017. As he and his tent mate, Max Kramer, were sleeping, a tree fell directly onto their tent, pinning down Max.
“I’m not gonna lie, I was a little scared,” Brandon told WCPO.
But Brandon didn’t let that fear get to him.
Coincidentally, Brandon and Max had just completed first aid training that same day. Brandon says that really helped him out in the situation.
Brandon performed first aid on Max, then ran about a quarter of a mile through the dark and rainy woods to get help for his injured friend.
Max was badly injured by the freak accident and wasn’t sure if he’d make it out alive to see his friends and family again. According to the Associated Press, Max suffered broken ribs, a lacerated lung, and a shattered spleen. Amazingly, he recovered from all of his injuries, returning to school and to the football team.
The two recently reunited at an award ceremony on November 8, 2017, where Brandon (now 14) was presented with the Boy Scouts of America’s National Medal of Merit. Of course, Max was there to pin the honor on his rescuer.
“Max needed a hero that morning, and God had one ready,” Max’s dad told WLWT.
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