The Medal of Merit is one of the rarest awards in Scouting. Each year the Boy Scouts of America awards about one-hundred Scouts this prestigious honor. Scouts who have performed an act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others are those who honored The Medal of Merit.
Connor, a Bear in Pack 353, is one of the rare recipients of the prestigious Medal of Merit. He is the only Scout in the Atlanta Area Council to receive the award so far this year.
Earlier this year, Connor’s mom had a severe asthma attack while she and Connor were the only people in the house. She yelled for Connor and told him to call 911. Connor spoke calmly with the dispatcher as her asthma attack gave way to cardiac arrest.
On the other end of the line, dispatcher Karina Lake had just finished her training for the role. This was her first 911 call as a professional dispatcher.
Connor followed Ms. Lake’s instructions closely. He took his mother’s pulse, checked her breathing and stayed with her until EMS arrived.
Connor had visited a local fire station with Pack 353 a few months earlier and knew exactly what to do when calling 911. Ms. Lake later said that he sounded calmer over the phone than she felt in the moment.
Christie, Connor’s mom, has made a full recovery and says “I could not be here right now and I would have left my son without his mother, and I’m just so grateful for this second chance, and for him, and the paramedics and firefighters behind me and the 911, everybody working together to make sure I’m still here because there was a possibility I wouldn’t.”
In June, members of Pack 353 gathered at Cobb County Fire Station 13 where Connor was presented with his Medal of Merit.
During the presentation, Cubmaster Jay Taylor said: “In my career as a Scout, as an Eagle Scout and as a cub master, I’ve actually never seen one of these awards. I read about them in ‘Boy’s Life Magazine’ and have since I was a kid, but I’ve never actually seen one.”
Connor and his mom met with the paramedics, firefighters and Ms. Lake after the ceremony. The Chief of the Fire Department also presented Connor with Cobb County’s Citizen’s Lifesaving Award.