Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Good Things Happening

Scouts help save drowning man

Allen Howard
Be prepared, Boy Scouts are told. You could save someone's life.

Not many Scouts ever have that opportunity. But Brendan McWilliams, 11, and Robbie Roberts, 12, did - and the lessons they and their scout leaders learned helped save a man from drowning.

The boys were on a raft trip down the Whitewater River near Brookville last month when a man's canoe capsized. The man had been in the water nearly two minutes, and was floating face-down when the scout leaders pulled him into the raft.

[IMAGE] Boy Scouts Robbie Roberts, 12, (left) and Brendan McWilliams, 11, helped save a man from drowning.
(Steven M. Herppich photo)
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As Brian McWilliams, Brendan's father, and scout leaders Bill Greenwell and Dave Boes held the victim and steered the raft, Brendan and Robbie paddled furiously across the strong current to a landing area.

"It seemed harder to paddle, but we didn't think about that. We just did it," Brendan said.

When they got ashore, scout leaders performed CPR and used a compass to determine their location, so an onlooker could direct EMS crews to the scene.

The man was breathing when emergency workers arrived and was taken to the hospital. He has recovered.

Brendan and his father received keys to the city at Dater Montessori School last week, where Brendan attends.

Robbie will be honored at Grace Lutheran Church School this week. They live in Westwood and are members of Troop 107 at Westwood First Presbyterian Church.

Aronoff Laboratory

Former state Sen. Stanley J. Aronoff of Cincinnati has another building bearing his name.

It is the five-story, $26 million Stanley J. Aronoff Laboratory of Biological Sciences building, 312 W. 12th Ave., Columbus, on the Ohio State campus.

"It is between buildings named after former Gov. Jim Rhodes and former Speaker of the House Vern Riffe," Aronoff said. "I guess that is a pretty good place to be."

The building was dedicated Friday.


Gilligan honored

Lara Gilligan, a graduate of St. Ursula Academy, has been awarded a Dean's Scholarship for studies in agriculture and natural resources at Ohio State University.

She is the daughter of Anne and Scott Gilligan of Hyde Park.

In the academy

Matthew Takanen, a graduate of Moeller High School, has received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

He is the son of Kathleen and Richard Takanen of West Chester Township.

A young leader

Aaron Hoffman, a senior at Wyoming High School, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Technology in San Jose, Calif., this summer.

He and other young leaders engaged in independent projects led by industry insiders, viewed product demonstrations and visited tech industry sites.

Aaron, the son of Gail and Allan Hoffman of Wyoming, plays cello in the school Philharmonia and Cello Choir and the Blue Ash Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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When you pass a gazebo in Fairfield's Harbin Park with names of donors on it, thank Ben Miller, a sophomore at Roger Bacon High School.

For his Eagle Scout project, Ben, 16, raised $3,000 to purchase the gazebo by going to neighbors and sending out letters.

"It took me about three months," Ben said. "I promised everyone that if they gave more than $100, their names would be put on the gazebo."

Ben and members of Troop 420 at St. Bernard Church, Taylor Creek, prepared the grounds for building the gazebo.

His Eagle Scout court of honor is Oct 19.

Ben is the son of Bruce and Shelley Miller, Fairfield.

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