The Alamo Area Council is proud to announce the selection of three members of Troop 111 of Kerrville to be recipients of Meritorious Action Awards. Stephen Chapman, Clayton Gillen and Massone Sirianni will receive National Certificates of Merit for their actions during a Troop outing.
The Troop was hiking at Colorado Bend State Park and after 11 miles of hiking with the air temperature reaching 106°, Mr. Robert Collier, the Scoutmaster, stumbled and then fell. Immediately, Stephen, Clayton and Massone dropped their packs and ran to his aid. They noted that he was sweating profusely and that his skin was hot to the touch.
The three Scouts quickly decided that Massone would stay with Mr. Collier while Stephen and Clayton would go to end of the trailhead and look for help. Massone propped up Mr. Collier with his bed roll, erected a tarp near a tree for shade, and kept him lying still and offered him water to keep him from further danger.
The others were able to flag down a pick-up truck and asked to use their cell phone to call 911. After linking up with Texas Park and Wildlife rangers (TPWD), they directed them to the location of Mr. Collier and Massone.
TPWD transported Mr. Collier to the trailhead where they were met by EMS who determined that time was of the essence and called for a helicopter to take Mr. Collier to the hospital in Temple, Texas.
Mr. Collier has since made a full recovery and is looking forward to future hiking adventures.
The Council Advancement Committee awarded the recognition due to the youth showing a significant act of service of an exceptional character. The three members of Troop 111 responded quickly and worked together to help overcome a challenging situation.