How a Boy Scout Saves Dad’s Life, Earns Rare Scouting Distinction

Scout Saves Fathers Life
Michael J. being awarded the Honor Medal for saving his fathers life, Monday, June 8. (Photo credit: Allison Munn, Region 8 News)

One dad received the ultimate gift from his son this Father’s Day. Not bought in a store, it’s one he will cherish for the rest of his life. Boy Scout Michael J. of the Quapaw Area Council saved his father’s life.

A car ride down the father and son’s Jonesboro, Ark., neighborhood turned life-threatening last November when Michael’s dad, Daniel Domagalski, unexpectedly suffered a seizure.

Immediately grabbing the uncontrolled wheel, the Scout steered through miles of heavy traffic until finally reaching a safe stopping place. Once parked, the Scout stabilized his father’s head, called 911, and proceeded to administer medical attention while awaiting the paramedics.

Life-Saving Efforts Honored by the BSA

Michael was presented with an Honor Medal by the Boy Scouts of America on June 8 for his courageous life-saving skills.  

Yet, the award was a complete shock to the Scout. What he believed was a regularly scheduled Monday night Boy Scout meeting, turned into a surprise National Court of Honor.

“It was just great, to be honest,” Michael told Region 8 News. “I was surprised because I thought this was for another Scout. I wasn’t really expecting for it to be me.”

Awarded to a youth Scout or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life at considerable risk to oneself, the Honor Medal is a prestigious Scouting award earned by a rare few. 

“The skill set that the boys learn, it teaches a degree of self confidence that when there is a situation that you don’t necessarily know the outcome of the situation, they are able to keep a cool head and take control of the situation and do what needs to be done,” Rick Wise, Field Director of the Quapaw Area Council said.

Check out the video clip below to hear the Scout’s humble reaction to the award and read the full story on Region 8 News.

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Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at