VIDEO: The Appleton Boy Scouts who helped in the rescue effort after the Amtrak train derailment this past June in Missouri were honored Monday. As the American Red Cross honors local heroes, the scouts took the top honor in the youth category after a rescue that caught the entire country’s attention.
“Appleton Boy Scout Troops 12 and 73 were on a cross-country train trip when the train derailed in the middle of the night. In the chaos and pain, these boys exemplified the scout’s motto of Be Prepared,” Shawn Kiser of the American Red Cross said.
Four of the 15 scouts who were on that train when it crashed were present to receive the award at the Northshore Golf Club in Harrison.
The scouts were heading back to Appleton from a camp in New Mexico when their train collided with a dump truck at a crossing, causing the train to tip on its side, tossing passengers around.