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Vaughn Grosse earns heroism award for rescuing man from burning vehicle

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Vaughn Grosse, (above with plaque) who is certified by the American Red Cross for first aid and CPR, knew how to handle back injuries and kept the man still and comfortable while they waited for the fire crew and ambulance to arrive. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)

Vaughn Grosse commended by Boy Scouts with national award

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Vaughn Grosse, an Eagle Scout and Venture Crew president of the Grand Canyon Council Troop 8051, was awarded the Heroism Award from the National Boy Scouts of America Court of Honor Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The honor is presented to Scouts who have endeavored to save a life and put themselves in danger to do so, according to a press release.

In March, while traveling back to his hometown of Yuma from Phoenix, Mr. Grosse came upon a serious automobile accident on the side of Interstate 8, with one vehicle in flames.

Mr. Grosse instructed his mother to call 9-1-1 and quickly jumped into action to assist two United States Marines who were already onsite working to rescue the man inside the vehicle. Together Mr. Grosse and the marines extinguished a portion of the fire and pulled the man from the burning vehicle.

Mr. Grosse, who is certified by the American Red Cross for first aid and CPR, knew how to handle back injuries and kept the man still and comfortable while they waited for the fire crew and ambulance to arrive. After emergency crews arrived at the scene, he helped them load the injured man onto a stretcher and into the ambulance, set up hazard cones, and cleared the road of debris.

“I have always been taught to help a person in need by the Scouting program so when we approached the accident, I knew I had to do something,” Mr. Grosse said in a prepared statement. “I am grateful that we were able to save the man and prevent any further injuries. My Scouting skills have always been helpful, but they came in especially handy in this situation.”

Mr. Grosse’s bravery and selflessness, along with the application of his Scouts BSA training and additional safety education, were critical in this high-intensity emergency. Mr. Grosse is proud to be an example to current and future Scouts to show how the vital skills they are learning do serve a greater purpose to those who are in distress and need help.

“I do not have the words to express how proud I am of Vaughn,” said Jacob Anderson, fellow Grand Canyon Council Scout, and witness to Mr. Grosse’s rescue. “His ability to utilize the skills, leadership and ability to act under pressure which was learned through his many years of scouting is beyond amazing.”

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