Recognizing Brian Boatright, Recipient of the Boy Scout Honor Medalby Representative Daniel Webster
Posted on 2013-02-04
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 4, 2013
Mr. WEBSTER of Florida. Mr. Speaker, today I am pleased to commend
the heroic actions of a young member of our Central Florida community.
In recognition of his swift and decisive action in a moment of life or
death, Brian Boatright has been awarded the Boy Scout's Honor Medal.
On the fifth day of a tough hike up Big Red, a rugged New Mexico mountain, one of Brian's troop leaders suffered an apparent heart attack and collapsed. Stranded without cell phone reception 11,000 feet up the mountain, Brian and his fellow scouts acted on the skills and knowledge learned during scouting.
While others in the group searched for cell reception and applied CPR, Brian led several of his fellow Scouts as they navigated four miles to the nearest staffed camp. From the camp, a helicopter was called to the site and the leader was evacuated to a hospital where he underwent successful heart bypass surgery. For his actions on Big Red that day, Brian was awarded the Boy Scout's Honor Medal, one of the highest honors awarded by the Boy Scouts.
The Honor Medal is bestowed on scouts who demonstrate unusual heroism and skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self. In the 90-year history of the Boy Scouts, only 2,302 other scouts have been awarded the Honor Medal. Brian is a sophomore at Bishop Moore High School and a member of Troop 6 in Orlando.
I commend Brian for his quick thinking and decisive actions under great pressure. His deeds are a credit to the Boy Scouts and he is well deserving of this recognition.