Upon achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, one “assumes a solemn obligation to do your duty to God, to your country, to your fellow scouts, and to all other human beings.” On December 18, 2017, Eagle Scout Daniel Konzelman from Troop 604 in Eatonville, proved that he lives up to that promise.
While driving on I-5 with his girlfriend, Konzelman witnessed Amtrak Cascades Train 501 derail and fall off an overpass near DuPont. Remembering his duty as an Eagle Scout, Konzelman parked as close to the accident as he could and began to assist.
Using his emergency training, he entered the wreckage and guided victims off the train. The 24-year-old ended up helping at least a dozen people escape safely out onto the freeway.
Konzelman will be honored for his bravery at the 2018 Friends of Scouting Breakfast on March 7 from 7 to 9 a.m. at Foss Waterway Seaport.
The event will also feature speaker Lisa Hallett, who was one of South Sound magazine’s Women to Watch in 2017. In 2009, Hallett’s husband John died defending his country in Afghanistan. To cope with the loss, Hallett took to running. Along with Erin O’Connor, Hallett co-founded “Wear Blue: Run to Remember,” an event that honors fallen military members and helps provide support to their families.
For more information about the March 7 breakfast, visit the event website.