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Medal of Honor Recipient


GSDSW would like to recognize Emily Holder as one of our Medal of Honor recipients from our Ceremony of Honors event a few weeks ago. 

Emily saved a life by taking action and connecting precautionary measures to recognize the symptoms of someone suffering a seizure. As her family was traveling with her, Emily noticed a man acting strange and falling on to the ground of parking lot at a Wendy's. She quickly sought out help to understand what was happening to the man and if anybody knew him. Emily soon found out that a woman accompanying the man was asleep in her car and did not realize that the gentleman had fallen. The woman became frantic and Emily did everything in her power to calm the man down. She held the man down as he was in a seizure on the ground until he stopped and she was speaking in a calmly manner to the woman emphasizing to her that everything was going to be okay.

"There were other people outside but no one was helping him and my mom and I were the only ones helping. They all thought he was a drug addict. That's simply not fair to think that if they don’t know him and if they are not helping him." reported Emily. 

Emily's mom helped her call paramedics and both worked quickly to move him onto his side. As he stopped, Emily took his pulse for the dispatch and made sure his heart was still beating. As the paramedics arrived and started carrying this man on a stretcher he woke up and sat straight up shocked by what happened. If it were not for Emily, the man would have had a painful experience. 

Christina Holder, mother of Emily concluded "I know that I teach my scouts to do community service and I know my girls have learned a lot about first aid. But the quick action of one cadette teen has made a huge difference in this man’s life. No one knew this man, no one stopped to help. They all assumed the worse." 

Emily demonstrated what Girl Scouts is all about by taking action and helping people at all times.