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Girl Scout Meaghan Sullivan Receives Bronze Cross

August 1, 2013

Lebanon Girl Scout Meaghan Sullivan was recently honored with the GSUSA Bronze Cross, for her quick actions and brave behavior in saving a man’s life.

Sullivan, then 14 years old, was riding alongside a family friend helping him deliver plants during her summer vacation. While driving, he suddenly suffered a seizure behind the wheel, with the semi tractor trailer traveling at 65 miles per hour on the Mass Pike.

Meaghan didn’t hesitate, quickly climbing over the console and the driver to get the steering wheel and pedals. She placed the truck in neutral and got one of her feet on the brakes, slowing the truck down enough to get it over to the side of the road to avoid a collision with other cars. Once the truck was stopped, she dialed 911 to get police on the scene and then dialed another number to ensure her family friend received emergency medical attention.

“I'm glad that I was there and able to save a life and keep others from getting hurt,” Meaghan said. “I feel Girl Scouting has helped me learn how to be prepared for various situations without panicking. My mom has also been a big help to teach me that you can always turn a bad situation around and make it positive.”

The Bronze Cross is a National Lifesaving Award given by Girl Scouts of the USA to any registered Girl Scout from 5 through 17 years of age, who saved a life or attempted to save a life with risk to the candidate’s own life.

“Meaghan is an exemplary example of heroism and bravery under pressure to save the life of another,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Her quick thinking saved not only one life, but possibly countless others who were driving near the truck that day. We are proud of her actions that day and even more proud to honor her with this national recognition.”

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