September 2, 2004

Bo Yearns Honored For Heroism In Helping Save Downed Pilot

Air-Evac Lifeteam prides itself on the rapid response time available through its service. But the helicopter air-ambulance service took time to honor a local boy for his speedy actions that helped save the life of a local man.

Bo Yearns was honored on August 26th at the Air Evac Member Appreciation event held at the Kirksville Aquatic Park. Members of the Air Evac Lifeteam and Downing First Responders paid tribute to Yearns for the courage he showed on August 8th when he witnessed a Memphis manís plane crash.

The young man helped save the life of Roy Watson, who was seriously injured when he crashed his ultra-light airplane north of Crawford. Watson was flying solo in the small aircraft when it began experiencing mechanical problems and went down west of the pilotís land strip at his farm.

Bo saw Royís plane go down and immediately went to get help for the injured pilot. After helping notify the authorities of the accident, Bo returned to the accident scene to wait with Mr. Watson until emergency crews arrived.

Members of the Scotland County Fire and Rescue Squad extricated Watson from the wreckage and he was transported by Scotland County Ambulance several hundred feet from the wreckage to the airstrip where the Air Evac Helicopter was able to land. He was then flown to University Hospital in Columbia.

Bo is the son of Darrell (Otte) and Theresa Yearns of Memphis.

After Bo was honored at the meeting, he and his father were given a ride on the Air Evac Helicopter. They were also given complimentary T-shirts by the air-ambulance company.

Information for this article was provided by Jr. Arnold, Downing First Responder.



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