Pearland Boy Scout honored for saving 5-year-old boy from drowning

Jakob Patino received the Boy Scouts medal of merit for saving a 5-year-old boy
November 13, 2013 5:34:36 AM PST
The Boy Scout motto is 'be prepared' and when one 12-year-old scout in Pearland saw his 5-year-old neighbor drowning, he was prepared to save his life.

Yesterday Jakob Patino received the Boy Scouts medal of merit for his actions. He developed a strategy to get his neighbor out of the water without frightening him.

"Most kids that age wouldn't comprehend you're going to drown if you don't get out and so I took it as a game, as a swimming race so he wouldn't feel scared or pressured and freak out," Patino said.

He says his natural instincts kicked in since he already has a swimming merit badge along with life-saving and first aid.

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