Jose Lepervanche was leading his Troop through their first day of camp at Woodruff Scout Camp when he suddenly collapsed. His Scouts leaped into action and performed CPR, keeping him alive until an AED could be brought down to his campsite from another part of camp.
The paramedics were called, and Scouts from Jose’s Troop guided them down winding camp roads using flashlights. His wife and son stayed with him, praying for his safety.
He was transported to a hospital in Gainesville, GA where he stayed for twelve days. When he awoke, two days after the incident, he was asking for his Scouts. His wife, waiting at the bedside, told him to rest and be quiet. “A Scout is Obedient,” she said. He formed a Scout Sign with his hand, and followed the doctor’s orders.
Jose survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest; he was camping, canoeing and caving just again just a few months later thanks to Scouting’s emphasis on First Aid.
Today, Jose Lepervanche is still active in Scouting in the Jacksonville, Florida area. He has attended two national jamborees and the world jamboree. He frequently speaks to First Aid Merit Badge classes and other training courses on the importance of AEDs and CPR training for all Scouts and Leaders.
Jose Lepervanche is the former Scoutmaster of Troop 182 from Jacksonville, Florida and a Cardiac Arrest survivor. He now serves as a volunteer in the North Florida Council.