While the liberals castigate all the conservative organizations, those are the ones that produce the quality people that do the heroic deeds that this country is founded for.
Boy Scout to receive high honor for act of heroism:
Only three or four in organization get award each year:
By MARIA CORTES GONZALES El Paso Times
Sept. 6, 2010, 10:24AM
EL PASO — Fernando Espinosa always thought of his Boy Scout experience as a way to learn about leadership and helping others.
But he never expected his 10 years of scouting to help him become a hero.
On Jan. 22, without thinking twice, Espinosa pushed teacher Glenda Tanner, 47, out of the way of a car at a crosswalk in front of Franklin High School. The car struck Espinosa, who received a head injury from the windshield and hurt his left knee.
“It was complete instinct because it was just so quick,” he said. “I think all of the experiences I’ve had helped me. I remember after being hit, checking on Mrs. Tanner and telling myself to just breathe and stay calm.”
For his bravery, Espinosa, 17, will be awarded the Honor Medalwith Crossed Palms on Friday at the Centennial Scouting Alumni Dinner.
Officials with the Yucca Council of the Boy Scouts of America said Espinosa’s award is significant. Only three or four boys across the nation receive such a medal each year.
“This is the only one ever given to any scout in El Paso,” said Bill Spears, vice president for marketing for the Yucca Council. “While Boy Scouts of America have other hero awards, this one is given out with the crossed palms for extreme risk to personal life and safety.”
Sixty to 90 Eagle Scout awards are given out each year in the Yucca council area.
El Paso lawyer Sam Snoddy, who is Espinosa’s Troop 4 leader, is proud of his scout.
“The other reaction that could have occurred is that he could have frozen,”
Snoddy said. “But he instantly made the decision to shove her out of the way.”
Espinosa is uncomfortable with the term “hero.” But he has no regrets about walking Tanner, a Franklin High School publications adviser, to her car that night.
“I was grateful that I was there for her,” he said. “I just couldn’t believe how fast everything happened.”
The driver, Daniel Salas, 18, was not cited.
The Franklin High senior remembers the two walking across the crosswalk when a car suddenly was upon them. When Espinosa pushed Tanner out of the way, his body rolled up on the car and his head hit the windshield before he rolled off and fell on the curb. Tanner fell to the side and broke her left foot in three places.
Espinosa, a swimmer, was unable to compete in an important meet after the accident. He still continues to be treated for blood clots in his left leg.
Tanner said she will not be able to dance at her daughter’s wedding and will forever set off airport security buzzers. But thanks to Espinosa, she is alive.
Espinosa, who is helping a friend with his Eagle Scout project, said he was excited about being honored.
“I am glad to have been there that night,” he said. “And I am grateful to all the people who helped me during and after the accident — the doctors, nurses and firemen.”
He hopes his actions serve as an example for younger scouts.
“The main thing I want them to know is to always be a gentleman and try to help people,” he said. “And to really love what you have at the moment because you never know what is going to happen.”