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Meritorious Awards


Cub Scout Ryan Corbett
received a heroism medal for using an evacuation plan--developed at a Scout meeting--to save himself and his mother before their home was engulfed in flames last year. The presentation was made during a National Court of Honor Ceremony at the Council's Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner on May 23, 2007, at the St. Charles Convention Center. The 8-year-old Cub Scout is from Pack 363, chartered to the Nike Elementary School PTO in Catawissa, Mo.

Joseph Trevor Howard
, a 7-year-old Cub Scout, received a Heroism Award from the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America during the Greater St. Louis Area Council's Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, May 31. Last June, Joseph rescued his 4-year-old sister, Amelia, when she jumped into the deep end of a swimming pool at her father's apartment complex.
Life Scout Michael Hertfelder was awarded the Honor Medal at the Greater St. Louis Area Council's Annual Recognition and Awards Dinner on May 24, 2004, for rescuing his two cousins from a swift-moving current.  The Honor Medal is awarded to those who demonstrate unusual heroism and skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self. 
Michael, 15, from Ballwin, Mo., was visiting his grandparents with his aunt and cousins in Montrose, Colo., in July 2003.  Michael and his cousins traveled nearby to the small town of Ouray for a hike.  While on the hike, the group discovered a 200-foot waterfall and tried to cross the body of running water feeding the waterfall. Michael was the first to make his way across.  When he reached the other side, he heard his cousin Christine Kessler yelling.  He spun around to see his 8-year-old cousin Eddie Rathman had fallen in and was clinging to a rock fighting to keep from being swept down stream and over the waterfall.  Christine jumped into the waist-deep, near-freezing water and waded through the swift current to reach Eddie.  Christine was able to keep Eddie from being swept downstream but was unable to carry or lift him out of the water.  Michael climbed down and jumped in the water.  He carried Eddie and Christine to safety.  Once out of the water, Michael attended to his cousins before hiking to get help.  Michael says he fully prepared to effectuate the rescues as a result of the skills he acquired when earning his CPR certification, Life Saving Merit Badge and Swimming Merit Badge.
Michael is a Life Scout in Troop 630 where he is a former senior patrol leader and is currently a junior assistant Scoutmaster.  He will enter his junior year at Christian Brothers College High School in fall 2004.
Courageous Tiger Cub Joseph Pizzella was awarded the Heroism Award at the Greater St. Louis Area Council's Annual Recognition and Awards Dinner on May 24, 2004, for saving 2-year-old Sawyer Ludwig from drowning.  The Heroism Medal is awarded to those who have demonstrated heroism and skill saving or attempting to save a life or in averting serious injury with minimum risk to self. 
Joe, 7, was enjoying the day at RiverChase Pool in Fenton, Mo., with his family in July 2003 when his quick actions led to the rescue of Sawyer Ludwig.  Joe was wading through the wave pool when he saw Sawyer struggling in the water.  Sawyer had wandered too far from the shallow end of the pool and was being pulled farther into the deep water by the pool's current.  Joe swam over, reached out and pulled the boy up and held him above the water until the boy's mother, Taylor Ludwig, could reach them.  Sawyer was startled by the incident but not injured.  Sawyer's mom credits Joe with saving the life of her son.  Cindy Pizzella, Joe's mom, who also witnessed the incident, is proud of his quick assessment of the situation and his lifesaving actions.
Joe's heroic actions were also recognized by Fenton Mayor Dennis Hancock.  Mayor Hancock awarded Joe a plaque and proclaimed Aug. 18 Joe Pizzella Day. 

Star Scouts and brothers Josh and Ben Wagner were awarded the Medal of Merit at the Greater St. Louis Area Council's Annual Recognition and Awards Dinner on May 24, 2004, for saving the life of their father. 
Josh, 15, and Ben, 13, were enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon on Jan. 11, 2004, when events took a turn for the unexpected.  The boys' father, Dave Wagner, had just fixed himself a sandwich and was headed upstairs when he started to choke.  A piece of the sandwich had become lodged in his throat.  Wagner headed to bathroom and tried to cough up the food stuck in his throat.  Unable breath or speak he began to bang on the wall to draw the attention of his sons.  Ben was the first to hear the banging noise.  He saw that his father was choking and did his best to do the Heimlich maneuver on his father.  Realizing he was not being successful, Ben yelled for his older brother, Josh.   Hearing the commotion and Ben's yells for help, Josh rushed to his father's aid.  Josh told Ben to call 911 and then he began administering the Heimlich maneuver on his father.  Ben immediately ran to the phone and dialed 911. By the time he reported the incident to the emergency operator, Josh had successfully dislodged the piece of food in his father's throat.
Wagner claims that he would not be alive today if it were not for his sons' quick actions in coming to his rescue, and he is proud that both sons were able to keep a clear head and remember their Scout training.