|1. GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek with Lifesaving Medal of Honor |
recipient Maggie Miksch and her grandfather, whose life
she saved. 2. Vitek awards the Lifesaving Medal of
Honor to Miksch. 3. The Girl Scouts Lifesaving Medal of Honor.
While preparing dinner, Maggie’s grandfather became ill and fell to the floor. Maggie quickly and calmly sprang into action. She first called her father on his cell phone to tell him of the incident. Maggie’s father immediately called 911, Maggie’s mother and neighbors for help on a separate phone. He then walked Maggie through the steps of checking her grandfather’s vital signs. Maggie also made sure the gas stove that her grandfather was cooking on had been turned off.
When Maggie’s grandfather regained consciousness, he couldn't talk clearly, catch his breath or stand up. Maggie got a small pillow for his head and instructed her three-year-old sister to get a small towel that she could dampen and place on her grandfather’s forehead. When help arrived, Maggie told was able to recall what happened and showed paramedics where her grandfather kept his medicine.
Lifesaving Awards have been a part of Girl Scouts since Girl Scouting began in the United States in 1912. These awards recognize Girl Scouts from 5-17 years of age who have heroically saved or attempted to save a life. There are two Lifesaving Awards – the Lifesaving Bronze Cross is given for saving a life or attempting to save a life with risk to the candidate’s own life and the Lifesaving Medal of Honor is given for saving a life or attempting to save a life without risk to the candidate’s own life. Less than 20 Girl Scouts in the entire country have received this honor this year.