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Girl Scout From Mystic Receives National Award for Saving Sister's Life


July 13, 2009

Girl Scout From Mystic Receives National Award for Saving Sister's Life

 

 

July 13, 2009- 9-year-old Girl Scout Natalie Labasi is a hero. When her 4-year-old sister Audrey started choking on a hard piece of candy, Natalie performed the Heimlich Maneuver and saved her sister's life.

 

According to Natalie's mother, Mary Labasi, the two sisters were alone in Natalie's room enjoying their candy when Audrey suddenly stopped talking and started sticking her fingers in her mouth. Natalie thought her sister was choking so she went behind her, put her arms around her, squeezed her, and the candy came out. Audrey started crying then, and Natalie brought her to their mother. "I was in shock," said Mary Labasi. "I asked Natalie how she knew what to do and she said she had read a book about the Heimlich Maneuver at school. I asked her if she realized she had just saved her sister's life and she said she didn't think about what to do when Audrey started choking, she just did it."

 

Girl Scouts USA recognizes such acts of heroism with a national Girl Scout Lifesaving Award. Lifesaving Awards have been part of the Girl Scout program since the beginning of the movement in the US. Lifesaving awards are a form of recognition given to a registered Girl Scout who has saved or attempted to save human life. The awards are reserved for those Girl Scouts who have performed heroic acts beyond the degree of maturity and training to be expected at their age.

 

Natalie received the Girl Scout Medal of Honor which is given for saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the rescuer's own life.

 

Through Girl Scouting, girls can discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world, and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Scouting guides girls into becoming responsible, productive adults who make a difference in the lives of their families, schools, and communities.

 

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