Third-Grader Gets Prestigious Boy Scout Award for Saving Toddler

Created: 11/13/2012 12:26 PM By: Hannah Anderson

A third-grader Cooper Corbo will receive the Boy Scouts of America’s Medal of Merit award Wednesday for saving a toddler from danger.

The Medal of Merit is awarded to a youth who has performed an outstanding act of service that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well being of others.

Last August, while playing in his neighborhood, seven-year-old Cooper found a toddler standing on a chair and leaning out of a screen-less window 15 feet above a cement driveway.  Corbo talked the little boy away from the window and asked if anyone was home with him.

The boy told Corbo he couldn’t find his mother, so Corbo alerted his parents and the police were called.

After people and police pounded on the doors and windows of the home, 30 minutes later, the toddler’s mother arrived in the room and said she was running on her treadmill in the basement.

Last year, the Boy Scouts awarded 101 of the awards out of 2.7 million scouts nationwide.

Corbo is a member of Pack No. 824 in the Northern Star Council, which serves more than 75,000 young people across the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.