2010-05-28 / Education

Girl Scout receives award for heroic action

Contributed by Girl Scouts of America

Isabel Baughn Isabel Baughn Girl Scout Isabel Baughn, 10, of Gilbert, was honored this past week with the Bronze Cross Life Saving Award for her heroic action in saving the life of three–year–old Cody Rauch last summer. The Lake Murray Elementary School student, Troop 2270, who has never received swimming or life saving lessons, instinctively attempted to save the toddler who couldn’t swim.

While both were attending a swim party, Cody jumped into the deep end of the pool and went into shock while struggling in the water. Already out of breath from swimming activity, Isabel remained calm as she swam to him, positioned herself under the child to lift him above the water surface, and brought him to safety.

The Bronze Cross is a very special award that has been part of the Girl Scout program since the start of the movement. It is reserved for girls who have saved a human life or attempted to save it under circumstances that indicate heroism or risk to their own lives and who have performed heroic acts beyond the degree of maturity and training to be expected at their age.

States Kim Hutzell, president/CEO, Girl Scouts of South Carolina–Mountains to Midlands, “Isabel demonstrated extraordinary courage by saving a drowning child while putting her own life at risk. We are extremely proud to honor her with one of our organization’s highest awards.”

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