At a special award ceremony during the Good Scout Dinner on Thursday, May 3, 2018, local Cub Scout, Hadden Dart of Pack 57 was awarded the Boy Scouts of America’s National Court of Honor Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Honor Medal. This award is bestowed on an adult or youth member for saving someone’s life at considerable risk to himself. Hadden received the Honor Medal for risking his own life to rescue a young man who was drowning in a rip cur rent.
Last Memorial Day, while vacationing in Sarasota, Florida, Hadden was swimming near a jetty in the Gulf of Mexico. As the size of the waves increased, a rip current developed. Hadden’s father, Brian Dart, Cubmaster of Pack 57 said, “Many adults and children were swimming in the same vicinity, but none responded to the boy’s cries for help, except Hadden. When Hadden heard the boy screaming for help and saw that the rip current was pulling him over the top of the jetty, he immediately jumped into action to save him.” Scout Executive, Clif Morris said, “Hadden’s bravery and willingness to put himself at risk to save another makes him a perfect example of an individual who demonstrates the ideals of Scouting. We are very proud of this young man and his fast and selfless response in the face of danger.”