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Posted: November 10, 2017

Ohio Boy Scout wins national honor for saving friend trapped under tree

Boy Scout Who Saved Friend Trapped Under Tree Wins National Honor

By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


An Ohio Boy Scout who helped save a fellow scout was honored Wednesday night with the organization’s National Medal of Merit Award, WCPO reported.

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Brandon Klotter was sleeping on June 13 when he heard calls of distress from fellow scout Max Kramer, who was pinned under a tree that had fallen on their tent at Camp Michaels in Union, Kentucky.

“I'm not going to lie,” the 14-year-old told WCPO. “I was pretty scared.”

Klotter ran barefoot for a quarter-mile in the dark and rain to find help for Kramer. Emergency crews helped free the boy, who suffered two broken ribs, a lacerated lung and a shattered spleen, WCPO reported.

“I felt there was a lot of little things that happened that kind of came together in the end and made it a miracle,” said Kramer, who pinned the medal on Klotter. “I’m really excited for (Klotter). I just feel like he really does deserve (the medal).”

Klotter downplayed his role.

"I feel like in this case, anyone could have done what I did if they were put into it," he said.

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