07/05/2013 01:16 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Boy Scout Helps Save Man In Roosevelt National Forest From Possible Suicide


The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is crediting a teenage Boy Scout for his quick action in rendering aide to a man who had to be airlifted out of a recreation area near Camp Dick on Thursday after being found bleeding from a self-inflicted wrist injury.

Crews from the sheriff's office, U.S. Forest Service, Allenspark Fire Department, Estes Park Ambulance and a rescue helicopter responded at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday to reports of a man with a wrist laceration who had been found near the 700 block of U.S. Forest Service Road 105 in western Boulder County. The area is in the Bunce School recreation area of the Roosevelt National Forest, south of Allenspark.

The 46-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was happened upon by a 17-year-old Boy Scout who was riding an ATV nearby. He was bleeding from an apparently self-inflicted injury to his wrist when the teen found him.

According to a sheriff's office news release, the Boy Scout, a member of an Oklahoma Boy Scout Troop, quickly administered first aide to the man and stayed with him until medical crews arrived on scene.

The victim's injury was so severe he had to be airlifted to St. Anthony Central Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

The victim's condition was not immediately available. ___