Eagle Scout Awarded Honor Medal After Heroic River Rescue

Eagle Scout Paulo G. receives the Boy Scouts of America Honor Medal on Dec. 10, 2015 for his unusual heroism. (Photo Credit: WQOW)

This summer, Eagle Scout Paulo G. of the Gamehaven Council was taking part in a campout with his troop, when he heard a cry for help.  

The Scouts had ventured to Gooseberry Falls State Park in Two Harbors, Minn. for their Annual Super Activity, and had set up camp near the falls.

Paulo and a fellow Scout were exploring the area when they heard the screams of a child coming from a nearby river. Wanting to offer help, the Scouts ran towards the frightening sound and found a 6-year-old girl being swiftly swept downstream.

Paulo jumped into action and entered the river to rescue the child. Risking his own safety, he swam to the girl and plucked her from the rushing waters.

“She was crying, she was going down toward the river, toward the waterfall part, so I ran and I slid into the lake, used my leg against a rock to hold her as I carried her out,” Paulo shared with WQOW.

He returned the girl safely to her parents after the two reached the shore.

On Dec. 10, Paulo was given a very special award for his heroic action—the Boy Scout’s of America Honor Medal. This medal is awarded to Scouts and Scout leaders who have risked their personal safety and shown unusual heroism and skill in the attempt to save a life.

Paulo truly exemplified the Scout Oath by being willing “to help other people at all times.”

Learn more about this Eagle Scout’s bravery by reading the article by the WQOW.



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