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John Smilek Honor Medal Recipient

John Smilek

Honor Medal Recipient

June 25, 2019, 5:45PM

Camp Hugh Taylor Birch Parade Field

The Honor Medal may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self.  Recognition may be given to a youth member or adult leader of the Boy Scouts of America where the evidence presented to the National Court of Honor, in accordance with prescribed regulations, shows that he or she saved or attempted to save life under circumstances which indicate heroism and risk to self.  The court will give consideration to resourcefulness and to demonstrated skill in rescue methods.  In no case shall recognition be given where it appears that the risk involved was merely in the performance of duty or the meeting of an obligation because of responsibility to supervise and give leadership to the person whose lives were saved.

On September 14, 2018 while traveling Westbound on I-64 in central Virginia, John Smilek noticed a 20-30 column of smoke had just appeared just off of the left side of the road.  He realized that a pickup truck had slid off the wet road going 70 mph.  The pickup truck slid down a hill into a thick wooded area and came to a stop on the passenger side.  John quickly assessed the situation and determined that the fastest way to assess the situation was through the drivers door which was now facing skyward.  Upon scaling the undercarriage of the pickup truck John reached the drivers door.  It was quickly determined that a women and a cat were trapped inside the truck.  Another rescuer arrived and he had a hammer.  That rescuer smashed the back of the cab window clearing the smoke.  The 2 men then struggled to open the jammed drivers side door.  It eventually opened.  They could tell she was conscious and able to talk.  The two men pulled her out of the truck.  John assessed her for shock and then others were there with first aid kits.  John took a bandage and applied it to the back of the victims head.  He stayed with her until paramedics and firefighters arrived on the scene and assumed control of the situation. 

For John’s actions on September 14, 2018, he is being awarded the Honor Medal by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America.

 

 

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