In his second rescue in less than a year, Harrison Ford earned a very special merit badge Tuesday by coming 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 and, at approximately 8:30 a.m., 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 and 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 early Monday afternoon, accidentally wandering 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 away from Wyoming working on movie sets half the year.)
By our unofficial tally, Ford (aka Wyoming Jones) now ranks just behind fellow celebrity superhero Tom Cruise in lives saved off screen.
Of course, Ford, who masterfully piloted the Millennium Falcon on screen, has had some hairy adventures himself of late. Just last year, the erstwhile 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 got blown off a runway.