Girl Scout Cadette Ava Kopecky from Troop 1967 in Irvine has been presented with the Girl Scout Medal of Honor for saving the life of a two-and-a-half year old boy.  The toddler had fallen into the water at Woodbridge North Lake in Irvine near where Ava and her friends were playing.

14 year old Ava — who is not a strong swimmer — used quick thinking and ingenuity by wading into the water to extend a large stick for the boy to grab onto, saving him from drowning.  Ava was able to pull him to safety and reunite the boy with his mother.

During a Girl Scouts Recognition event held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO Vikki Shepp, on behalf of Girl Scouts of the USA, presented the Girl Scout Medal of Honor to Ava, sharing “Girl Scouts are prepared to do heroic things. We are very proud of Ava’s exemplary actions, which reflected the Girl Scout Promise to help people at all times.”

Irvine Community News & Views congratulates Ava on her award and applauds her bravery and quick action.

ICNV Staff