Scout and Cubmaster Honored for Action After Fatal Osprey Accident

Osprey wreckage at Bellows Air Force Station on May 17, 2015. (Photo Credit: KHON/ Kalena Rafael)
Osprey wreckage at Bellows Air Force Station on May 17, 2015. (Photo Credit: KHON/ Jessica Kalena Rafael)

Webelos Scout Kainoa H. and Cubmaster Lisa Peddle Smith of the Aloha Council were recently honored by the Boy Scouts of America for aiding the victims of a fiery accident this summer.

On May 17, 2015, Kainoa’s Pack had just concluded a camp near the Bellows Air Force Base in Waimanolo, Hawaii when an Osprey aircraft experienced a “hard landing” during Marine Corps training.

Kainoa was watching the aircraft when it crashed, and immediately rushed to notify Smith, who is an ICU nurse.

Smith darted toward the scene but first had to climb a barbed wire fence, dodge small munition explosions, and run through an opening littered with fiery aircraft fragments.

“I didn’t think. I wasn’t scared. I didn’t feel brave. I just knew that it was the right thing to do. I knew I could help,” Smith told KHON News.

Smith began helping the Marines from the downed military aircraft, but did not realize just how dangerous the situation was. As Smith was administering CPR to victims, munition explosions continued around the group, causing them to retreat multiple times until help arrived.

Smith was awarded the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms, the highest heroism medal awarded by the Boy Scouts of America, for putting her own safety at risk to save the lives of others.

The Boy Scouts of America also presented Kainoa with the Meritorious Action Award Medal for his quick action and exemplary concern for others.

Watch the video below to learn more about this extraordinary act of Scout courage.


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