Cub Scout in Great Falls helps elderly neighbor who fell and broke her leg

Posted at 10:20 AM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 12:20:56-04

Mary Matelich, Vice President for Public Relations of the Boy Scouts of America Montana Council, shared the following information with KRTV. 

On March 26, a Great Falls boy named Blake went for an after-school bike ride with his younger sister, McKenna.

He heard his neighbor Sally Kommer, 80 years old, calling for help. Blake – a Bear Scout with Pack 155, Lewis & Clark District – rushed to Kommer’s help and discovered that she had fallen on the front step of her home and broken her leg.

“I knew I needed to help her right away, but I was kind of nervous,” said Blake. “Her leg looked really bad so I knew I had to do something.”

Kommer said she had been calling for help for around an hour and a half and that, although a few people had passed, none, until Blake, had stopped to check on her.

Assessing the situation, Blake decided assistance from his father was the next logical step: ?“I knew my dad would know how to help her better than I could by myself."

Blake said that being a Scout taught him that in an emergency he needs to "figure out what the problem is so you can get an adult to help. It’s also really important to stay calm, even if you’re scared.”

At home, Blake told his father Adam and they returned to Kommer, who seemed to be going into shock. As Blake stayed with her, keeping her comforted, Adam went into her house to retrieve a blanket and call 911.

Kommer, a Girl Scout through high school, told Blake her husband had passed away two months ago and she was alone.

She said she was grateful for Blake and she had a special place for him in her heart.

An ambulance arrived to take Kommer to the hospital.

When asked why he had stopped to help her, Blake replied, “Because I’m a Boy Scout. Scouts are supposed to be kind and helpful."

KRTV will feature Blake and Sally in a news segment scheduled to air on Sunday.

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