Oswego Scout Earns High Honor for Life-Saving Act
Sep 18, 2014 11:06AM ● Published by Steven Jack
Zach Thomas receives the Boy Scouts Medal of Merit at a ceremony at Waa Kee Sha Park Sept. 15. (Photo provided by Paul Prusinski)
Thomas was presented the Medal of Merit for his actions in saving a young boy who had fallen into a frozen retention pond in January near Fox Chase Elementary School.
At the time, Thomas and his parents credited his Scouts training for his quick action after the boy fell through the ice near the shore.
According to reports, Thomas was walking his younger brother home from school when he spotted a fourth-grade boy climbing a wall near the pond. The boy began to walk across the frozen pond before it gave way.
That's when Zach jumped into action, climbing the wall, running to the bank and pulling the boy to safety.
"I just really told him to grab my hand and I pulled him out and made sure that he was ok," Zach told Fox 32 Chicago.
The Boy Scouts Medal of Merit is given to "youth member or adult leader who has performed some outstanding act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others."
Only 249 Scouts earned this medal in all of 2013.
Watch Fox 32's original report on the incident below.
Fox 32 Report on Life-Saving IncidentFOX 32 News Chicago