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Carterville student awarded Medal of Honor for saving cousin's life

by Aaron Price  |  (L-R) Girl Scouts of SI CEO Loretta Graham, Girl Scout Alana Campbell, Girl Scouts of SI Board Member Elizabeth Shore  |  Photo: Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
by Aaron Price | (L-R) Girl Scouts of SI CEO Loretta Graham, Girl Scout Alana Campbell, Girl Scouts of SI Board Member Elizabeth Shore | Photo: Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

10/13/2021 | 8:40 a.m.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY - A Carterville student has been awarded the Girl Scout's Medal of Honor for demonstrating heroism in saving another's life.

Alana Campbell, 11, of Carterville, took quick actions to save her cousin Piper Morris from nearly drowning over the Summer. The girls were swimming together one afternoon when Alana recognized that 6-year-old Piper was having a seizure. As Piper was going underwater, Alana rushed over to keep her cousin afloat.

“I’ve seen (the seizures) happen a few other times,” Alana said. “They are always scary and I feel helpless when they are happening. At the time it happened, I really didn’t have too much time to think about it. I just knew I had to do something.”

After rescuing Piper from going underwater, she carried the younger girl across the pool to the ladder, where their grandmother, Jan Morris, helped get her onto the deck to recover. “Without Alana’s quick actions, I dread even thinking about what other outcomes there would have been,” said Jan.

Girl Scouts of the USA has honored Alana’s heroic efforts with Girl Scouts’ Medal of Honor. Lifesaving Awards are reserved for Girl Scouts who have performed acts of heroism beyond the degree of maturity and training expected for their age.

Alana has just started her 7th year as a Girl Scout. She enjoys the friendships and activities her troop is able to do together the most. Piper, who looks up to her big cousin, just joined Girl Scouts this year.

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