In her mom’s eyes, Reanna is a hero.
For Reanna, she was just doing what needed to be done.
Earlier this spring, Michelle McKeehan, Reanna’s mother, awakened her daughter in the middle of the night because she wasn’t feeling well. Shortly after, Michelle collapsed. Being the only one at home, Reanna was quick to call 911 and communicate her mother’s condition, including checking for her pulse, monitoring breathing and checking for other injuries. When paramedics arrived, she was able to answer questions and give them her mother’s medications.
“Later when I saw my mom in the hospital, her first words to me were, ‘You’re my hero’,” said Reanna Lawhorn, 10, from Montrose.
Reanna credits the Girl Scouts for helping her learn how to handle emergency situations.
“I had earned Girl Scout badges where we practiced what to say when you call 911, how to answer questions as well as how to check someone’s pulse and see if they were breathing,” said Reanna.
On Friday, Sept. 7, Girl Scouts, with the help of Montrose Mayor Thomas Smits and representatives of the Montrose Fire Department, recognized Reanna’s heroic acts in saving her mom’s life by presenting her with the national Girl Scout Medal of Honor Lifesaving Award. This award has been presented only two other times in Colorado since 2009.
“It feels awesome that Girl Scouts has honored me,” said Reanna, who enjoys traveling and doing crafts and community service with Girl Scouts.
Reanna’s award has also been the “talk of the town in Montrose.” “My friends keeping asking me all about it,” commented Reanna.
“Reanna is a great role model and leader for our community, showing people you can step up to help someone else, no matter your age,” said Reanna’s mother, Michelle, who is also proud of the work her daughter has done in Girl Scouts with the town’s child advocacy center.
The Lifesaving Awards have been part of the Girl Scout program since the beginning of the movement in the United States. The Medal of Honor award recognizes Girl Scouts who have saved or attempted to save a human life under circumstances that demonstrate heroism without risk to their own lives. It is reserved for those Girl Scouts who have performed heroic acts beyond the degree of maturity and training to be expected at their age. For more information on the Lifesaving Award, contact your Membership Manager.
This award presentation generated media coverage in the Montrose Daily Press as well as on KJCT-TV (ABC).