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“I just did what anybody would do.” May 6, 2009

Posted by Joe in Family, Scouts.

Last summer, Benjamin and Rachel were invited to a friend’s pool party to celebrate the end of the school year. There were about a dozen fellow homeschoolers there along with a handful of their parents. It was a beautiful day for a pool party and picnic. Everyone was having a good time swimming and playing.

A 3 year old little girl was there, swimming with the aid of her water wings. She eventually grew tired swimming and got out of the pool to play for a little while. She took off her water wings.

Later, when she wanted to get back in the pool, she had forgotten all about her water wings and she jumped into the deep end of the pool. She couldn’t swim. She began to sink.

Benjamin saw this happen and ran to the side of the pool, jumped in, grabbed her, and pulled her to the ladder where her mother was waiting to help pull her out.

Benjamin didn’t mention the incident. We learned of it later from the girl’s mother. I asked Benjamin why he didn’t tell us about it and he just shrugged his shoulders and said “I just did what anybody would do. No big deal.”

Through a passing conversation, the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America learned of the incident. They asked for more information from the people there. And last month at our Pack meeting, they awarded Benjamin a Certificate of Merit.


And he got his name in the paper.

2009_04_29_11_33_04_2Obviously, we’re proud of him, as much for the character and attitude as for the act itself.



1. Beck - May 7, 2009

Although I had heard about it last year, I am still so very proud of you, Benjamin.

All you need is a cape and you’ll be a super hero!

You may think it wasn’t a big deal, but I’m sure the little girl’s parents don’t feel that way. I’m sure they will always remember your very special actions.

I love you, Beck

2. Dreamer - May 11, 2009

You are just the kind of boy we need more of. Keep it up Benjamin.

3. Grams - May 16, 2009

That was an unselfish act and just shows the goodness inside you, Benjamin.
I am very proud to be your Grams.
Love you!

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