It was her Girl Scout first aid training that helped Maggie Majors know what to do when a runner collapsed on the track.

Maggie, a Pendleton High School track team member, was at a meet observing from the far side of the racecourse when a runner from another school collapsed not far from where she stood. Maggie said she and a friend went to the runner and asked if he was okay, but he did not respond to them. It was then that Maggie’s Girl Scout training kicked in.

“I knew to look for signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion,” she said. “While he was unconscious, we poured water from our water bottles over him in order to cool him down.”

According to Maggie, the young man would come in and out of consciousness as they were trying to help him. They moved him to a shaded area and Maggie ran for help. Maggie said she knew she needed to find any coach so they could alert the medical professionals on site. Help came swiftly thanks to her quick thinking and the young man recovered.

At track meets, people can be scattered near and far, as Maggie was. Her mother, Heather Majors, said she was completely unaware of what was happening until the event was over and many teams were packing up to leave and Maggie had not returned from her viewing point. Eventually, she heard what had happened and learned of Maggie’s involvement.

“I am beyond proud of Maggie and her teammate for their quick wits, calm attitudes, empathy for others and the abilities to identify and help someone in true need,” she said. “Girl Scouts has been one of the best decisions my daughters have ever made and it is situations like this that prove that she will continue to grow into a goal getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader type of woman.”

For her heroics, Maggie was awarded the Girl Scout Medal of Honor for helping to save a life, and Maggie credits her many years of Girl Scout training for knowing what to do in a crisis.

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