Harrison Ford to the Rescue Again
July 11 -- Harrison Ford, who's rumored to be holding out for a $25 million salary to play Indiana Jones for a fourth time, is once again proving his bankability as a hero in the real world.
For the second time in a year, the movie icon has come to the aerial rescue of a stranded hiker, this time finding a 13-year-old Boy Scout who was lost in Yellowstone National Park.
The actor, who lives part time on his ranch in nearby Jackson, Wyo., and is a certified helicopter pilot, joined a search early Tuesday morning for Utah resident Cody Clawson, who had wandered off a trail the night before.
Ford spotted Clawson about five miles from camp at 8:30 a.m. and landed nearby to pick him up. The boy, who was clad in a T-shirt, shorts, and sandals, was cold, wet, and hungry after spending a night in the rain-soaked wilderness.
"Boy, you sure must have earned a merit badge for this one," Ford said, according to The Associated Press.
"I already earned this badge last summer," replied the Boy Scout.
"Cody said the kids [in his Boy Scout troop] asked if he got an autograph and he said, 'No, but I got a hug and a handshake, and that's better than an autograph,'" the boy's mother told the AP.
At least the poor kid didn't toss his cookies in Ford's helicopter, as did the hiker whom Ford rescued last July. Megan Freeman, who had succumbed to altitude sickness and dehydration, initially didn't recognize her movie star rescuer and later was heard to utter, "I can't believe I barfed in Harrison Ford's helicopter!"
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