11 Year-Old Girl Scout Receives Lifesaving Medal

(Center) Mikayla Beasley with her grandmother Annell (left) and mother, Dawn Beasley (right).

A Johnston County girl scout has been recognized for her bravery for helping her injured 73 year-old grandmother following a bad fall.

The North Carolina Coastal Pines has awarded the Girl Scout Lifesaving Medal of Honor to Mikayla Beasley of Selma.

Last December, 11 year-old Mikayla assisted her grandmother, Annell, after she tripped and fell in her living room. Beasley and Annell were spending the day together and were headed out to lunch when the accident took place. Annell tripped over a rug that was near the front door which sent her across the room, injuring her wrist.

Mikayla immediately took action leveraging her Girl Scout leadership skills and was able to remain calm during a stressful situation. Beasley asked her grandmother if she was okay as she contacted her mother and father to come and provide some assistance. Beasley removed the rug from the area and even got an ice pack for her grandmother’s injured wrist.

Beasley’s calming presence allowed for quick action to take place to ensure her grandmother received proper care. Her courage and confidence has also continued to serve as a motivating force during her grandmother’s recovery.

“Mikayla has gone above and beyond as a Girl Scout,” said Meta Trombley, senior membership executive, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Her selfless actions has impacted her family, as well as our Girl Scout community. We are extremely proud of her bravery and courage and honored to call her a Girl Scout of the North Carolina Coastal Pines’ council.”

The Lifesaving Medal of Honor has been part of the Girl Scout program since the beginning of the Movement and is a form of recognition given to a registered Girl Scout who has saved or attempted to save human life under circumstances that indicate heroism or risk of her own life. This award is reserved for those Girl Scouts who have performed heroic acts beyond the degree of maturity and training to be expected at their age.

The Lifesaving Medal of Honor Award is one of the highest, rarest, and most prestigious recognitions a Girl Scout can be awarded, and it’s emblematic of the Girl Scout Promise and Law which teaches girls to help people at all times and make the world a better place. Beasley has lived up to that calling of going above and beyond, and truly makes the world a better place.

When asked about her life saving actions, Beasley stated. “It’s the right thing to do.”

Beasley received the Lifesaving Medal of Honor on at the countywide leader meeting at the First Baptist Church in Smithfield. Beasley was recognized by Johnston County Membership Director, Carolyn Carroll, who also pinned the medal on Beasley as this time.

Beasley has received a GSUSA certificate, Medal of Honor, a letter from Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Officer, Sylvia Acevedo, and the Sylvia Acevedo patch, and a certificate from Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Council.