Central Alberta Scouts, Venturers and leaders honoured for back country rescue

Group came to aid of Scout leader who broke leg during overnight camp in West Country

Ten Red Deer-based Scouts, Venturers and leaders were recently honoured with a Medal for Meritorious Conduct for their efforts in getting a Scout leader who broke his leg in a remote area near Siffleur Falls to hospital. Photo contributed

Ten Red Deer-based Scouts, Venturers and leaders were recently honoured with a Medal for Meritorious Conduct for their efforts in getting a Scout leader who broke his leg in a remote area near Siffleur Falls to hospital. Photo contributed

Ten Red Deer-based Scouts, Venturers and leaders were recently honoured for their efforts coming to the aid of a Scout leader who broke his leg on a backpacking trip.

In a ceremony late last month, the 10 were presented with the Medal for Meritorious Conduct for their actions on the night of June 26, 2018 in a remote area near Siffleur Falls, 150 km west of Rocky Mountain House. Receiving the medal were: Company Scouter Bruce Schollie, Company Scouter Trent Hummel, Venturer Mathew Hummel, Venturer Ian Tainsh, Troop Scouter Brenda Tainsh, Venturer Rylyn Leighton, Troop Scouter Len Leighton, Troop Scouter Tim Simla, Scout Torin Thorhauer and Pack Scouter Ian Ihme.

The group was part of a Venturer-led introduction to backpacking camp that was to spend the night at a backcountry spot about eight km from Siffleur Falls.

Around 9 p.m. the night of June 26, Scouter Ryan Morecom was hiking with a small group of Scouts and Scouters across the White Rabbit Creek when he slipped and jammed his leg and foot between rocks. His injuries were severe enough that he could not walk back to camp and the others had to build a pair of log bridges and support Morecom as he was taken back to the camp about 500 metres away.

After getting back to camp, Morecom’s leg was splinted. He was in mild shock and intense pain and the decision was made to carry him out of the bush back to the trailhead.

A stretcher was fashioned from forest poles, a tarpaulin and para-cord. Around 9:30 p.m., eight stretcher bearers headed out with headlamps, food, water, stretcher repair items and a portable saw.

Six carried the stretcher at a time, and a Scouter ran ahead with a saw to clear a path through the brush. A 50-metre-long suspension bridge was too narrow for the stretcher and one Scouter carried the 190-pound Ryan across it on his back.

The eight-kilometre trip to where their vehicles were parked took two-and-a-half hours.

“Everyone had sore shoulders and arms, was drenched with sweat, and exhausted,” said Schollie. “Given how arduous the hike was, I was amazed at the camaraderie, positive attitude, stoicism and focus from everyone who carried that stretcher — especially the Venturers and Scouts.”

After arriving at the parking lot about midnight, Morecom was loaded in a vehicle and taken by a Scouter to Rocky Mountain Hospital. A second Scouter followed in Morecom’s vehicle. The other six returned to camp, arriving about 3 a.m.

Morecom reached hospital about 1:30 a.m. and was diagnosed with a fractured tibia and bad ankle sprain.

News tips

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

There were six additional deaths across Alberta reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,926 since the beginning of the pandemic. (File photo)
Sylvan Lake Municipal Library. (File Photo)
Sylvan Lake Municipal Library provides solution for youth seeking volunteer hours

Youth can fulfill their volunteer hour requirements by reviewing books

Dr. Wayne John Edwards, 66, died Tuesday at Chinook Regional Hospital. (Cornerstone Funeral Home)
Lethbridge doctor becomes 7th Alberta health-care worker to die from COVID-19

Dr. Wayne John Edwards, who was 66, died Tuesday at the Chinook Regional Hospital in the southern Alberta city

(File photo)
Boil water advisory continues in Sylvan Lake

AHS has made the boil water advisory mandetory, crews are still working ot fix the water main break

Pall Bearers carrying the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the Prince of Wales, left and Princess Anne, right, into St George’s Chapel for his funeral, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. (Danny Lawson/Pool via AP)
Trudeau announces $200K donation to Duke of Edinburgh award as Prince Philip laid to rest

A tribute to the late prince’s ‘remarkable life and his selfless service,’ the Prime Minister said Saturday

A vial of some of the first 500,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada secured. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio
Canada’s 2nd blood clot confirmed in Alberta after AstraZeneca vaccine

The male patient, who is in his 60s, is said to be recovering

The funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip in Windsor, England, on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Philip died April 9 at the age of 99. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
PHOTOS: Prince Philip laid to rest Saturday as sombre queen sits alone

The entire royal procession and funeral took place out of public view within the grounds of Windsor Castle

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Expectations high as Trudeau Liberals get ready to unveil first pandemic budget

The Liberals will look to thread an economic needle with Monday’s budget

Doses of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine in a freezer trailer, to be transported to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Pfizer to increase vaccine deliveries in Canada as Moderna supply slashed

Moderna plans to ship 650,000 doses of its vaccine to Canada by the end of the month, instead of the expected 1.2 million

A empty classroom is pictured at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. The Alberta government says schools in Calgary will move to at-home learning starting Monday for students in grades 7 to 12.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Calgary schools to shift to at-home learning for grades 7 to 12 due to COVID-19

The change, due to COVID-19, is to last for two weeks

A man wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
COVID-19 spike in B.C. could overwhelm B.C. hospitals: modelling group

There are 397 people are in hospital due to the virus, surpassing a previous high of 374 seen in December

Most Read