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SIA Podcast Episode 2: He Saved His Dad From the Rapids!

As Brian Butterfield, 17, and other Scouts and parents were navigating the rapids of the Deschutes River in Oregon, Brian’s raft hit a rock and turned sideways, wrapping itself around a fallen tree. Brian made it to shore, but his father, Bill Butterfield, was trapped.

Listen as Brian and his dad describe the rescue in a true story of Scouts in Action.

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44 Comments on SIA Podcast Episode 2: He Saved His Dad From the Rapids!

  1. Wow…Just WOW!!!

  2. Ya I had an emergency situation, it turned out to be the school newspaper doing a study, but it taught me the importance of being prepared.

  3. WOW!

  4. !!!AMAZING!!!

  5. proud boy scout // July 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm // Reply

    like father like son…

  6. monarose123 // June 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm // Reply

    WOW mon

  7. good work all the boys in that troop did good good work

  8. longwindbear // October 14, 2009 at 10:08 am // Reply

    Brian sounds like an outstanding Scout!
    I shared this “Scouts in Action” story with the Scouts in my Troop. We are working on Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge, and the boys really felt an appreciation for the “stress” that they might feel if an emergency were to involve a close friend or loved one.

  9. You did a great job helping your dad.

  10. “Best story every!!” That is what my 8yr old Wolf said after listening. Go Scouts.

  11. BoBO84312354984 // November 5, 2008 at 5:59 pm // Reply


  12. skotdilin // June 4, 2008 at 8:04 pm // Reply

    i beeliv that was the gratest thing i have ever herd.

  13. skateboard 28 // June 1, 2008 at 6:06 pm // Reply

    you are an awsome boy!

  14. your spunktastic [ that means your awesome]

  15. HALLAUEHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :] :] :] :]

  16. awsomedude // April 8, 2008 at 9:52 pm // Reply

    Your a awsome guy! My brother is a Eagle scout, and he can’t even do that!

  17. that is so, awsome. I cant do that, even if im a boyscout, i dont have the guts to do that kind of thing.

  18. Bear000 who is not a wimp. XP // March 29, 2008 at 6:53 pm // Reply

    I listened to the rest. So, never mind. =D

  19. I’m a wimp. I stopped at the part where he said he turned to his right and dramatic music played… Did what I think happened to him actually happen? o.o God bless you, Brian and you Mr. Butterfield. =)

  20. i think you are bave brian im a scout myself

  21. Another Person // November 30, 2007 at 9:47 am // Reply

    If there was a merit badge for being brave you would have earned it a long time ago. keep up the good work!

  22. hi brian! whats up! i think what you did is cool, brave,and, amazing . i hope someday i can be just like you.

  23. Graet Job. You are cool.

  24. wow how could you do that I would freak

  25. you rock Brian

  26. Dude your like the bravest guy on earth. Nice job Brian.

  27. that was so brave!

  28. scout lover 2000 // November 20, 2007 at 12:49 am // Reply

    brian dude you are one awesome kid. what you did was really brave

  29. brian you are a bave dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE COOL

  30. If that was me I’d never go back in the water I hope he is still ok.

  31. He deserves an eagle scout badge!You rule Brian!

  32. man that was pretty heroic of him!

  33. it was cool.

  34. good job Brian

  35. kishimoto and 4th hokage // November 9, 2007 at 3:52 pm // Reply

    it must be a hard time for you it happen to me too.

  36. men u are gatin bater at saveing u frends and famuly:]]]]]]]]]]]]]

  37. Scouts really is helpful for life threating situations:-)

  38. WOW thats amazing how he is still alive

  39. I really would like to be like Brian. I hope Mr. Butterfeild is feeling better.

  40. GOOOOOOOOOOOO scouts!!

    Mr. Butterfield may god help you

  41. i have know these two people my whole life and i just listened to this with my roommate and we both got chills and tears. ahhh brian i am so proud of you…and i am so happy you held on uncle bill!!!

    ahhhh wow….love you all and miss you!

  42. Poor Mr.Butterfeild.

  43. it was cool real cool

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