Two GSGLA Girl Scouts—Alyssa F. from Troop 10154 and Alma F. from Troop 3314—have earned Girl Scouts’ rare national lifesaving award, the Medal of Honor.
Alyssa, a Cadette Girl Scout, saved her friend Kylee’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver at a church retreat in October. Alyssa noticed her friend having a hard time breathing and asked if she was choking. Kylee responded with a nod and Alyssa immediately performed the Heimlich maneuver; on the second try, she was successful. “Everyone around me was panicking, but not Alyssa,” Kylee said. Alyssa’s calm demeanor and swift reaction saved Kylee’s life.
Alma, a Brownie Girl Scout, helped save her father Josue’s life by also acting calmly and swiftly during an emergency situation in April. Alma’s father was preparing for the day when he felt his hand going numb, his speech slurring. While on the floor, Josue called out to Alma who immediately dialed 911 and very calmly described to the operator that she thought her father was having a stroke. She answered all of the questions and led paramedics into their home. “If it were not for Alma, I don’t know where I would have ended up,” Josue said. Alma’s courage and focus during a high-stress situation is admirable, particularly at such a young age.
Recognizing both of these acts of bravery, GSGLA CEO Lise L. Luttgens presented Alyssa and Alma with the prestigious Girl Scout Medal of Honor on June 13 during a special pinning ceremony at GSGLA headquarters.
“These girls performed heroic acts beyond the degree of maturity and training to be expected at their ages,” Luttgens said. “Girl Scouts are encouraged to be resourceful, skilled, and ready to help others—Alyssa’s and Alma’s quick thinking and exceptional judgment are inspiring to us all.”
Congratulations, Alyssa and Alma, on your well-deserved honor!