On July 31, 2011, Eagle Scout Connor Stotts singlehandedly saved the lives of three swimmers caught in a dangerous riptide near Oceanside Beach, Calif.
This bravery earned Connor the BSA’s Honor Medal With Crossed Palms, as well as the Carnegie Medal (which came with a $5,000 reward). But the college sophomore now has another award to add to his collection: a 2014 Citizen Honors award.
Selected by living recipients of the Medal of Honor — the highest award bestowed upon military heroes for acts of wartime valor — the Citizen Honors awards recognize three civilian American heroes for acts of bravery in their daily lives. Connor’s actions certainly fit the bill.
(Read on to learn more about Connor and find out how you can watch the Citizen Honors Ceremony March 25 at Arlington National Cemetery.)
Courage. Sacrifice. Selflessness. Patriotism.
Do those words describe an act of service performed by a Scout, Venturer or Scouter you know?
Chances are, they do. And you’ll need to act quickly to recognize this person by nominating him or her to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Citizen Honors awards. The nomination deadline is Jan. 10, 2014.
The same foundation that honors acts of wartime valor (with the Congressional Medal of Honor) seeks to also celebrate “unsung heroes” or citizens who’ve selflessly put the lives of others first through an act of heroism. And, as Scouts pledge to “help other people at all times,” it’s likely that you know of a Scout, Venturer or fellow Scouter deserving this great distinction.
Nominate this person today — the Jan. 10 deadline is approaching fast. Nominees must be age 18 or older, and this person’s act of selflessness must have occurred in the last three years. Find more details regarding the nominating criteria here.
Read more and watch a video about the award after the jump.