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Talk About A Sequel
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 2, 2002, 19:56


In his second rescue in less than a year, Harrison Ford earned a very special merit badge last week. He came to the aid of a missing Utah Boy Scout who had accidentally strayed into the Wyoming wilderness.

The actor, known for his dashing turns as Han Solo and Indiana Jones, flew his trusty Bell 407 helicopter into the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. At approximately 8:30 a.m. he spotted 13-year-old Cody Clawson, looking miserable and soaked to the bone after having spent a cold, rainy night alone in the woods.

Ford, a part-time resident of nearby Jackson, Wyoming, swooped down, landed the chopper, picked the boy up and airlifted him back to civilization.

"Boy, you sure must have earned a merit badge for this one," Ford reportedly told the boy.

"I already earned this badge last summer," Clawson replied.

Clawson went missing on the Monday afternoon when he accidentally wandered away from his fellow scouts in Troop 241. The boys, on vacation from Huntsville, Utah, had been hauling supplies from a vehicle to a campsite in Loll Boy Scout Camp. When Clawson failed to turn up after a four-hour search, rescue teams in Fremont County, Idaho, and Teton County, Wyoming, were called in along with Ford, who has been known to lend a helping hand in such instances.

Last August, the action star guided his chopper up Wyoming's Table Mountain to save hiker Sarah George, who was so overcome with altitude sickness and dehydration that she couldn't get down the mountain.

Ford plucked the surprised Freeman off the mountain and flew her to safety. (Girls, don't try this at home, Indy's alter ego is now away from Wyoming working on a movie set for the rest of the year.)

Of course, Ford, who masterfully piloted the Millennium Falcon on screen, has had some hairy adventures himself of late. Just last year, the real life Han Solo practically needed some rescuing of his own when he ditched his chopper in Los Angeles while practicing emergency maneuvers. A month later he narrowly escaped injury when his plane was blown off a runway.

I think it is fun to read about real things that happen to real people in the real world. I am smart enough to know that not all stories have happy endings, but I do take heart in the fact that there are people out there who are trying to make a difference and make the world a better place.

What I like about this story is that a man, who has brought to life some of the most well known fictional heroes, is a real life hero as well. I am firmly convinced that the body of Christ should be the heroes in the world today. You and I, real people, are called to make a real difference in the real world. When we take that responsibility seriously the world becomes a much better place. You are a child of the king! Make a difference, be a hero!

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