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Colorado Springs Boy Scout receives national award for helping save a couple from Monument

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A local boy scout received a national scouting award Monday for helping save a pair of lives.

Meet Dutch Bishton from Colorado Springs. Just a little over a year ago, he and his mother were on a road trip to Odessa, Texas when they came upon a serious wreck just north of the remote Texas town of Hurford.

Without thinking, they pulled over, and Dutch's Boy Scout training kicked into action.

But here's where the story takes an amazing turn. The two people he helped save with his first aid skills were a couple from Monument.

“Everything slows down, time slows down,” Bishton said. “But the one thing that goes through your mind is ‘how can i help the person, how can I help save this person's life.’”

Bishton has remained friends with the couple, Gerry and Marilys Berg. In fact, he recently helped the couple celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary back in Monument.

Dutch says that seeing that was better than any award he could have received.

And that's not all. Dutch's mother received the same award for going above and beyond the call of duty -- she's the first non-Scout to receive the award.

Local News / News Staff


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  1. Kudos to people like Dutch Bishton, who spend their own time becoming trained, and then taking the time to act when an emergency arises. It’s often because of these people that others who are involved in crashes or other medical emergencies ever make it to see physicians in emergency departments to have their lives saved. That “golden hour” starts when the incident occurs, not when emergency agencies first arrive on scene. So members of the public with their CPR, first aid, or similar emergency training can really make a difference.

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