Eagle Scout Jonathan Bennett of Auburn-based Troop 774, received the highest lifesaving award the Boy Scouts of America gives during a ceremony at the Chattahooche District Round Table meeting on March 8.
He was awarded the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms, which is given "for unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save life at extreme risk to self."
Bennett, and Eagle Scout, earned the award by extricating himself and three friends after they were involved in a serious roll-over automobile accident. He also provided such thorough first aid that when the paramedics arrived they commended Bennett on his skill and treatment, saying there was little for them to do but transport the patients.
Jonathan is the son of Larry and Linda Bennett.
The Crossed Palms lifesaving award was created in 1938 and since that time, fewer than 150 have been given.
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