Mason Geissler is a member of BSA Troop 73 in Appleton. Mason is also a junior at Appleton West High School where he is a three-sport athlete and part of the Student Leadership Program.
Mason was nominated for the 2022 Star of Life award by Gold Cross Ambulance Service, Inc. in Menasha due to the role he played in a major incident in Missouri this past June.
Mason was one of 22 scouts and scout leaders making their way back from a backpacking trip in New Mexico when the Amtrak they were on hit a dump truck and derailed in Missouri.
According to multiple witness statements, Mason and Eli, another 2022 Star of Life recipient, were both instrumental in organizing and leading the efforts of their fellow scouts. While all of the boys acted heroically, the actions of Eli and Mason stood out to many of the Amtrak crew and local first responders as truly extraordinary considering their young ages and the trauma they witnessed.
Mason has expressed interest in going into the fire/emergency services like his father who is a Battalion Chief for Grand Chute Fire Department. Mason has had the opportunity to do ride alongs with an engine company and has observed a variety of incidents which has exposed him to this rewarding career.