Eagle Scout Ryan Schulteis of Troop 53, chartered to Christ Community Church in Lawrence, and his father, William Schulteis, an assistant Scoutmaster for the troop, were recognized earlier this month with the Heroism Award by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
They are being recognized for action taken to offer first aid to the victim of a motorcycle accident in June 2009. While other witnesses called 911, Ryan and William tended to the victim’s wounds. William calmed the victim, used his shirt to bandage and apply pressure to the wound. William, a pharmacist, discovered the victim was on blood-thinning medication, which made the bleeding life-threatening.
Traffic continued within feet of the accident, making the situation dangerous. Ryan stopped traffic from coming into the area where the accident was located. This helped prepare the site for the arriving EMTs and helicopter.
Both Ryan and William continued to tend to the victim until EMTs and a Flight for Life helicopter arrived.
After successful review on both the council and national levels, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America bestows the Heroism Award to Scouts and Scouters who have demonstrated heroism and skill in averting serious injury or saving or attempting to save life while putting themselves at as little risk as possible.