“They remained calm even when adults did not,” Town Police Sergeant Robert Philo, who was first on the scene of the April 20 accident . “They are an outstanding credit to scouting and to our community as well,” he said.
Brian Fee, 17, and Dale Raar, both of New Hartford, were walking along Oxford Road when Jared Chontow got off his school bus and was hit by a car driven by 16-year-old Zeeshan Akhtar.
Though many adults on the scene did not know what to do, Fee and Raar immediately ran to Chontow's side, comforted him and tried to prevent him from moving so he wouldn't be further injured before emergency workers could get to the scene, Philo said.
“I was told if this had been handled differently it could have been a fatality,” Philo said.
Chontow was seriously injured in the accident and was taken to Syracuse University Hospital.
Fee, who has just become an Eagle Scout, and Raar, who is working toward that goal, said their scout training had prepared them for such situations.
“We were taught in scouts over and over again,” Fee said just after the ceremony.
“Don't panic,” Raar completed his sentence.
“That's the first rule,” Fee continued. “Things they taught us set in as instinct.”
“We dropped everything and ran,” Raar said. “We didn't think about it, we just went.”
Raar's mother, Carolyn Raar, said she was very proud of her son.
“I'm just thankful they were in the right place at the right time,” she said.
John Koslosky, scoutmaster for Troop 14, which Dale Raar and Fee are part of, said it felt good to see the young men apply what they had learned.
“It is gratifying on behalf of all the adult leaders,” he said. “It really goes to the heart of why we do things like this.”
The two scouts are up for a national scouting award for their actions as well.