A local mom was recognized with the National Heroism Award Medal from the Boy Scouts of America after helping save a stranger’s life using techniques she learned with her son in Boy Scouts.
Boy Scouts Representative Paul Cowan presented the award during the June 20 Cy-Fair ISD board meeting.
On Feb. 12, Christine Allen-Jackson of Truitt Middle School was at the Houston Museum of Science with her son Alex, when a man suddenly collapsed.
“He hit his head really hard on the floor,” said Cowan. “What most people do and what most people did do is everybody just stood around. Nobody knew what to do.”
Fortunately, Jackson and her son had just taken a scouting emergency preparedness course.
“Very calmly they went to the man and saw that he was vomiting. They rolled him on his side so he wouldn’t aspirate,” said Cowan. “The first thing you do in an emergency is call 9-1-1, and that’s what Jackson did. She continually called it out until someone said, ‘I did it. They’re coming.’”
In the meantime, Alex had noticed the man’s head was bleeding profusely. They gathered napkins and rags to attempt to staunch the bleeding. “They put pressure on his head and treated him for shock,” he said.
As time passed, another bystander joined Jackson and her son and located the man’s ID. They also attempted to calm the man while he was still convulsing.
When the paramedics showed up and took over, they commented that Jackson had done everything by the book.
“In her humbleness, she and Alex sort of went away, disappeared into the crowd,” he said. “It wasn’t until about three weeks later, I got a letter in the mail from a gentleman who witnessed the event and brought it to our attention.”
Only one out of 100 scouts will save the life of another person, said Cowan. To receive the Heroism Award, the recipient must have put into practice Scouting skills or ideals, but need not have risked their own life or attempted a rescue effort. In 2012, 155 people in the nation received the award, according to the Boy Scouts of America.