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Local Teen with Autism Receives Scout's Medal of Honor

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--One Ozark Trails Council Boy Scout is receiving a very special medal of honor.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--One Ozark Trails Council Boy Scout is receiving a very special medal of honor.

The Boy Scout’s Medal of Honor is one if the organizations highest honors. Bryce Mulhall of Springfield is receiving the award for rescuing a fellow scout in the Current River last summer.

The Medal of Honor is awarded to youth members or adult leaders who have “ demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving life at considerable risk to self,” The Boy Scouts of America have awarded the Medal of Honor less than 2,400 times in the past 90 years.

“I have never seen a young man act with such clarity of thought and purpose,” Scout Leader Chris Allen said. “He did a perfect casebook rescue, and I do not want to imagine what may have happened had Bryce not acted as quickly as he did.”

Springfield Troop 320 was on a canoe trip in July of 2013 when scouts swimming to the opposite side of a river ran into trouble, a 12 year-old scout became caught in the current and carried downstream. Scoutmaster Fotheringhame yelled to a leader closest to the scout, but the leader was unable to reach the boy before he hit a debris pile in the river.

“As I was yelling I started to quickly move toward my canoe to help with the rescue if needed,” Fotheringhame explained. “I looked back and saw Bryce using the water rescue technique for lifesaving.”

Bryce Mulhall was able to swim to rescue the scout, pulling him to safety unharmed.

Mulhall is a 15 year-old Life Scout with autism. He is currently working toward becoming an Eagle Scout.

Leaders say Mulhall has his fair share of struggles but has participated in scouting for eight years and is a talented artist.

Bryce Mulhall will receive the Medal of Honor Award on Feb. 1 at 6 pm at the Council’s Annual Recognition Dinner at the Twin Oaks Country Club.

For more information or to attend the dinner contact Pathfinder District Executive, Ann Pfieffer at 417-883-1636 Ext. 231

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