Eagle Scout Saves a Life While on Vacation with Family in Hawaii

Eagle Scout Saves a Life While on Vacation with Family in Hawaii

An Eagle Scout might be on vacation, but his desire to help others in need never takes a break.

Joseph M. of the Grand Columbia Council was on vacation with his family in Maui when he spotted a man from the beach struggling in the water and screaming for help. Joseph was with his dad walking along the beach when he immediately dropped his things to aid the drowning man.

“If I see a man drowning, there is no hesitation,” Marsh shared with NBC Right Now. “‘I got it, this is my responsibility. I’m not going to be a by-stander in this. I have to go help this guy; there is no one else that’s around him, I have to do this.’ I just dropped all my stuff without saying anything. Instinct.”

Not only did the Eagle learn about emergency prep in Scouting, but he is also a trained lifeguard.

Joseph’s training and keen senses earned him the BSA’s Medal of Merit for his lifesaving feat. Beach staff later notified the Scout that the man he saved is doing well.

Learn more about this Eagle’s heroic efforts by reading the full story from NBC Right Now.

Hayley Cordaro

Hayley Cordaro is a member of the Communications team at Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.

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Eagle Scout Saves a Life While on Vacation with Family in Hawaii
Eagle Scout Saves a Life While on Vacation with Family in Hawaii
Eagle Scout Saves a Life While on Vacation with Family in Hawaii
Eagle Scout Saves a Life While on Vacation with Family in Hawaii