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Eagle Scout helped in rescue efforts following NW Baltimore explosion

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 12:37:45-04

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore chapter of the Boy Scouts of America says one of their Eagle Scout's helped in the rescue efforts of his neighbors following the explosion on Labyrinth Road.

The chapter said 22-year-old Yseem Hammett, an Eagle Scout from Troop 846, was recuperating on crutches from a foot injury in his home a block away from the site when he heard the explosion.

"Not knowing what had occurred, Yseem rushed out of his house and noticed his neighbors crowded among the debris, trying to help people trapped where roofs and walls had collapsed around them. Without hesitation, he raced toward the site and began digging people out from the debris with his hands. He worked to identify people trapped under the rubble and unreachable by civilians. When the first responders arrived on the site, he and two other neighbors were able to show the first responders where people were located so that they could receive help. First responders immediately responded and joined in the rescue mission to save lives," the chapter said.

Since the day of the explosion, Hammett and his Grandmother continue to help the community by cleaning up the debris left from the blast.