In August 2016, a Leavenworth student performed a lifesaving procedure on his father that he learned as a member of Boy Scout Troop 176.
David Conway was only 13 years old at the time, but he rushed to the aid of his father who had collapsed on the living room floor.
Calling on the training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation that he had learned as a Boy Scout, Conway kept his father alive until emergency responders arrived on the scene.
Sadly, his father died in the hospital a few hours later.
But David Conway’s efforts did not go unnoticed.
Earlier this week, he was awarded a national certificate of merit for lifesaving in a ceremony at First Christian Church in Leavenworth.
Dan Gelis, an executive of the Heart of America Council, presented the award as local Scoutmaster David Davis looked on.
“Scouting is about teaching life skills,” Davis said, “and CPR definitely came in handy then.”
David Conway is now a 15-year-old freshman at Leavenworth High School. He has reached the rank of First Class Scout in Troop 126.
“It’s his intention to get Eagle Scout, and he’s well on his way,” Davis said.
When he learned about the incident, Davis sent an award nomination to be screened at the Heart of America Council in Kansas City, Missouri. Once approved there, it was sent on to the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Dallas.
Davis said only about 50 certificate of merit award winners are recognized each year across the country.
“It’s pretty hard to get,” Davis said.