Cub saves a life?
Russ Jones (PDris1995@AOL.COM)
Sat, 21 Jun 1997 23:07:07 -0400
I have been informed of an incident that happened a few months back
and haven't yet decided what to do. I thought I would sketch it out for you
and see what reactions I get.
There is a Cub Scout, First year Webelos, in a small
swimming pool at a condominium. There is one adult in the pool and two
others approaching with a toddler between them. The toddler, less than
two years old and dressed in diaper, shoes and dress, breaks away and
runs for the pool. She falls in and sinks in five feet of water.
The Cub, standing in three feet of water goes under, swims to the girl,
pulls her up and gets her to the side of the pool just as the three adults
converge on the spot. The toddler is no worse for the dunking and the
three adults would have been able to reach the girl within 20 or so
seconds if the Cub had not been on the spot and reacted.
The Cub was in trunks and a t-shirt and I don't believe was in any
danger. He had also passed the strong swimmer test at Day Camp the
summer before. The girl was his sister and the two adults on land were his
The third adult was a stranger and after congratulating the Cub was never
seen again. There was no notice of the incident in any media and the way
I heard about the story was from one of the grandparents, who just wanted
me to know how proud she was.
Do I reccomend this Cub for a medal? The idea came to me while I was
looking at an old Boys' Life. I'm going to our D.E. the next time I see him
but I thought ya'll would enjoy chewing on this as well.
Patrick Driscoll Time flies like the wind but fruit flies like bannanas.
Alamo Area Council PDris1995@aol.com
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