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Kodiak Girl Scout receives medal of national distinction for role in saving father’s life

By KTVA CBS 11 News 11:49 AM March 11, 2017

A Kodiak Girl Scout earned a national medal for helping save her father’s life last year.

Krista and her father, Brett. Courtesy Girl Scouts of Alaska

Krista Simpler’s father, Brett, was cut when a dish fell from a cabinet in their home and shattered. He was bleeding severely, but “his daughter sprang into action,” according to a Girl Scouts of Alaska statement.

“Krista helped her father dress, rinse the laceration, and replace paper towels as they attempted to stop the bleeding,” Girl Scouts of Alaska spokeswoman Dacia Idom wrote. “Due to the amount of blood loss, Brett decided a hospital visit was necessary.”

For her quick thinking and bravery, Krista was awarded the Medal of Honor, a Girl Scout Lifesaving Award with national distinction, according to Idom. The ceremony was attended by Kodiak police Chief Ronda Wallace.

The award is “presented for gallantry with considerable risk to a girl’s life,” Idom explained.

“Krista’s courage, confidence, and character were on display during the emergency as she lived out the Girl Scout Promise and Law,” Idom wrote. “Girl Scouts of Alaska commends Krista for her leadership skills, self-control, and decision-making.”

While there are more than 1.9 million Girl Scouts registered in the U.S., only 33 were granted a Lifesaving Award in 2016, and 37 in 2015, according to Idom. Lifesaving Awards include the Medal of Honor and the Bronze Star, which is awarded when a Girl Scout risks her own life to save someone else.


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