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Teenage Eagle Scout pulls wrecked driver to safety


A teenage Eagle Scout came to the rescue for a wrecked trucker in Texas last week. 

16-year-old Rylan Bradfield was driving to pick up his girlfriend on FM 1818 in Diboll, Texas when a semi truck hauling wood chips up ahead turned right and rolled over, spilling the load of wood chips and trapping the driver inside. 

“When I made the corner, I saw him overturn so the first thing I thought was whoa, my instinct was to get him out,” Bradfield said. 

“I grabbed the tools as hard as I can and started beating on it and starting ripping glass out as much as I could, and when I saw him shift over – kicking the windshield out, I was like, ‘ok that’s good, he’s good,’” he continued. 

Bradfield then helped to pull the driver out of the wreckage and noticed cuts all over his arm, so he administered first aid and did his best to keep the driver calm. 

“At first he was shocked and started crying a little bit, but after that I calmed him down and he appreciated me and shook my hand, ” he said to KWTX 10 News.

The ambulance eventually arrived, and the trucker was taken to a nearby hospital. Bradfield and his family say that the driver was alert and speaking with paramedics when he was taken away from the scene. 

I’m just really glad he didn’t freeze. I’m really glad he knew what to do and he was able to help that man out. I mean, God put him here in the right place at the right time,” said Randall Bradfield, father of the Eagle Scout.


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