KSDK -- A local Boy Scout was awarded a National Medal of Merit earlier this week for his efforts in assisting a woman in distress while on a float trip along the Huzzah River last July.
Trent Aurell, 11, of St. Charles County was on the float trip along with his parents and sister when they encountered someone performing CPR on an unconscious woman. Trent, who had just completed his CPR training needed for summer camp two weeks earlier, noticed the resuscitation efforts were not up to date and instructed the rescuer on the updated CPR techniques. The Red Cross has revised the compression and breathing ratios in the last few years.
With Trent's help, the woman was revived, but was still in need of medical attention. Trent and his sister Skye paddled ahead of his parents to seek help since the remote area had no cell phone service. He found help at the Huzzah Valley Resort about three miles down river. Parents, Skip and Mary Aurell, helped transport the woman down the river and were met by a worker from the resort in an all terrain vehicle. The victim was taken to get medical attention.
The Boy Scouts of America may award the Medal of Merit "to a youth 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." Trent, a member of Troop 533, was presented the award Monday night by Alan Nichols, the Advancement Chair for the Boone Trails District.
The Francis Howell Middle School student has received citations from the State of Missouri, St. Charles County and just two weeks ago, a citation from the Missouri Water Patrol for his actions last July.