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Boy Scout to receive high honor for act of heroism
El Paso Times ^
| Sept. 6, 2010
| Maria Cortez Gonzales
Posted on 09/08/2010 9:48:59 AM PDT by RonF
EL PASO Fernando Espinosa always thought of his Boy Scout experience as a way to learn about leadership and helping others.
But he never expected his 10 years of scouting to help him become a hero.
On Jan. 22, without thinking twice, Espinosa pushed teacher Glenda Tanner, 47, out of the way of a car at a crosswalk in front of Franklin High School. The car struck Espinosa, who received a head injury from the windshield and hurt his left knee.
For his bravery, Espinosa, 17, will be awarded the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms on Friday at the Centennial Scouting Alumni Dinner.
Officials with the Yucca Council of the Boy Scouts of America said Espinosa's award is significant. Only three or four boys across the nation receive such a medal each year.
"This is the only one ever given to any scout in El Paso," said Bill Spears, vice president for marketing for the Yucca Council. "While Boy Scouts of America have other hero awards, this one is given out with the crossed palms for extreme risk to personal life and safety."
Sixty to 90 Eagle Scout awards are given out each year in the Yucca council area.
(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...
TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: boyscouts; heroism; moralabsolutes
The BSA awards it's Heroism Medal for saving someone's life at risk to one's self. Awarding it with crossed palms is extremely rare, but letting yourself get hit by a car to push someone else out of the way qualifies.
posted on 09/08/2010 9:49:03 AM PDT
To: RonF; SandRat
Boy Scout ping!
Lamh Foistenach Abu!
posted on 09/08/2010 9:51:53 AM PDT
(HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
I would put him in a Bronze Star too!
posted on 09/08/2010 10:03:25 AM PDT
(My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
This is what scouting is all about duty, honor and country.
posted on 09/08/2010 10:05:44 AM PDT
by The Great RJ
(The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
posted on 09/08/2010 10:06:28 AM PDT
Gives a whole new meaning ofr Boy Scouts helping old ladies to cross the street!
posted on 09/08/2010 10:07:23 AM PDT
by Young Werther
("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
Yesterday I was talking to an 84 yr old Eagle Scout on his birthday. He counted scouting as one of his great life experiences. A salute to this brave young scout, who didn’t think twice about saving someone else. The tradition lives.
The one that starts, I Promise on my honor...
posted on 09/08/2010 10:11:53 AM PDT
posted on 09/08/2010 10:17:55 AM PDT
("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
posted on 09/08/2010 10:23:35 AM PDT
(Lame and ill informed post.)
To: The Great RJ
Something Obama could have learned if he went to the Jamoboree!
posted on 09/08/2010 10:23:41 AM PDT
(WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
Outstanding! Your parents have to be proud ... as are old Boy Scouts such as myself.
posted on 09/08/2010 10:55:48 AM PDT
(Like the wise Wee Wee said, "We can't be broke ... we still have checks in the checkbook.")
He counted scouting as one of his great life experiences.
I'm 43 years old. I still have my Eagle Scout card in my wallet. I got it when I was 14.
Wasn’t good enough to make eagle scout, but congrats to the kid!
posted on 09/08/2010 12:04:02 PM PDT
(We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. -Silent Cal)
To: ConorMacNessa; RonF; AppauledAtAppeasementConservat; Looking for Diogenes; Congressman Billybob; ...
posted on 09/08/2010 12:18:23 PM PDT
(Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
He’s a Life Scout and he’s 17. He can probably still make Eagle.
posted on 09/08/2010 12:28:02 PM PDT
Great story, RonF, thanks - This kind of thing gives hope that chivalry and heroism aren’t dead. Really liked his call for younger Scouts to be gentlemen, help others, and recognize that life is short and uncertain ... teens don’t get that ...
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