Mottos are just branding exercises for big corporations and organizations. Until they’re not, as evidenced by a pair of Missouri boy scouts who could not have personified the “Be Prepared” motto any more when they saved a drowning teenager.
The two boy scouts, Dominic Viet (15) and Joseph Diener (16) were riding bikes past a flooded basketball court when they heard a call for help. They saw a woman clinging to the basketball hoop, and that’s when the two jumped into action. They swam out to the woman (the water was approximately 7 feet deep), put her on their shoulders, and got her back to dry land.
“She was struggling in the water,” Diener told a local media outlet. “I’m like, I can’t leave somebody out there to struggle in the water while I’m sitting here and watching.”
“She was struggling in the water — I’m like, I can’t leave somebody out there to struggle in the water while I’m sitting here and watching.” Two Columbia Boy Scouts helped rescue an 18-year-old woman from a near-drowning Friday at Hinkson Creek.https://t.co/joBwqwxPco
— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) June 29, 2021
Reportedly, the 18-year-old woman had been suffering from a cramp and couldn’t swim.
“I feel like if you’re able to save somebody like that, you should because you’re you never know when somebody’s going to call somebody else or who’s going to come,” Diener said.
First responders said the boys acted heroically in the moment, and that the girl (who began throwing up water, apparently she had swallowed a lot when she was struggling to swim) should be OK. Diener’s dad did talk to the boy about the danger of trying to rescue someone in flood waters, but ultimately said he was proud of his son’s actions.
Their scoutmaster said the two scouts may get badges for their heroism. That, to me, is the most incredible part. They “may” get badges. The two teenagers SAVED A WOMAN’S LIFE and that still might not be on the same level as starting a fire with twigs.
I don’t care if you have to make up a badge with your own two hands (probably earn a badge just for making that badge tbh), you gotta reward these two kids for actually using some boy scouts knowledge to make a meaningful impact on their community.