Base-jumping wreck inspires pipe and drum serenade benefit tonight


In a few hours, the Boise Fire Department Pipes and Drums Band and the City of Boise Police Pipes and Drums band will serenade guests at five local bars. The bands will collect donations to help fly home Scott Doyle, a Maryland firefighter who was critically injured jumping into the Snake River Canyon.

Boise Fire Capt. Paul Roberts noted that there are very few professions that will come together to help one another in such a way. They truly are a brotherhood.

“This is what we do,” Roberts said, adding that events like this to raise money for a fellow firefighter, even from another state, are not uncommon.

Scott was critically injured May 10th while base-jumping into the Snake River Canyon in Jerome County. Scott experienced what is called a “line twist” during his jump, causing him to hit the canyon wall twice during his 280 foot descent.

The medical transport from Boise to Montgomery County, Maryland is estimated to cost $24,000 and is not an expense that his insurance will cover.

Scott’s family has said that he suffered a serious head injury and is listed in critical condition at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. He is in a coma, but is considered stable.

Scott, an 18-year veteran of the Maryland Fire & Rescue Service, is said to be an avid skydiver in conjunction with his base-jumping.

The pipes and drums band came up with the plan to help Scott and muster up everyone they could to lend a hand.

Performances will kick off tonight at 8:00 pm tonight at Bardenay. The bands will travel to The Reef to play at 8:30 pm. The show will continue at Old Chicago at 8:45 pm before moving on to Bitter Creek Ale House at 9:15 pm and lastly Bad Irish at 9:45 pm.