Scouts save Stephanie

Filed under: Tweens, Teens, Places To Go, Health & Safety: Babies

Is there a badge for saving a drowning girl? Eighteen-month-old Stephanie Pacheco got away from her parents and fell in the Platte River at Two Rivers State Recreation Area, about 20 miles west of Omaha. Eleven-year-old Christian Nanson and nine-year-old John Fitzgerald, camping nearby with their Boy Scout troop, spotted the girl floating, face down in the river. The two boys pulled her from the water while other scouts located a cell phone to call for help.

Assistant Scoutmaster (and father of John) Matt Fitzgerald said that the scouts all helped and all stayed calm during the rescue. "They were initially shocked. Right now, they're pretty proud of what they've done," Fitzgerald said. Once they got her ashore, Stephanie began vomiting water but started breathing. She was treated for hypothermia and released on Monday. The Scouts have gotten a bad rap lately, and rightly so, but we have to remember that all that is at the corporate level. At its most basic, the Boy Scouts is a group of good kids hopefully learning to do the right thing. In this case, they certainly did.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.