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Girl Scout who rescues mom receives prestigious Lifesaving Award

Less than 15 girls in the country have received this honor in 2012

HOUSTON (September, 2012) - 14-year-old Rachel P. of Spring, Texas was awarded the Lifesaving Award from the Girl Scouts of the USA for her act of bravery and heroism in saving the life of her mother, Laura P.. 

Rachel earned the award by assisting her mother after a Jet Ski accident. Rachel's mother, Laura, was pulling Rachel, who was on a knee board, on a private lake in Louisiana. When Laura turned around to check on Rachel, she hit a bank that was five feet high and filled with bushes, trees and roots. Laura was thrown off the Jet Ski and landed face down in the water. Rachel quickly swam over to her mother and found her with her mouth full of blood and immobile due to injuries sustained as a result of the crash. Rachel knew that in order to get help she would have to drag her mother, who was still attached to the Jet Ski, back to shore. Rachel pulled her mother and the Jet Ski approximately 350 feet.

"I am so thankful that Rachel was such a quick responder and knew what to do in that time I was unable to move," said Laura, Rachel's mother. "She did not panic at all and continued to talk to me as we moved across the lake [to the shore]."

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.  Less than 15 girls have received the Lifesaving Award this year.

"The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place," said Mary Vitek, chief executive office for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, the council that Rachel is a member of. "Rachel is a living testament to the highest principles of the Girl Scout Promise and Law and we could not be prouder of her achievement." 

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. Rachel earned the Lifesaving Medal of Honor.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 70,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in the United States in 2012.

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