Cub scout to receive award for saving mother's life

Cub scout to receive award for saving mother's life

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"The operator said, 'What is your emergency?' I said, 'You need to come help my mom right now.' She said, 'An ambulance is on the way.' I started crying. I didn't know she was going to be okay," Dylan recalled. "The operator said, 'What is your emergency?' I said, 'You need to come help my mom right now.' She said, 'An ambulance is on the way.' I started crying. I didn't know she was going to be okay," Dylan recalled.

By DON DARE
6 On Your Side Consumer Investigator

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Civic leaders from throughout East Tennessee will gather Thursday night to honor Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, at the Boy Scout's annual Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner.

At the event, a Knoxville elementary student will also be recognized with the scout's Heroism Award.

The fourth grader attends West Haven Elementary School and like many kids his age, he enjoys the outdoors. He's also a cub scout.  

The boy's mother says it was her son's scout training that helped keep her alive last fall.

Tina Rector doesn't mind when her son Dylan beats her at the game of horse.

She's thankful to the nine-year-old who is a Webelos cub scout. He saved her life.

"She was passed out," said Dylan.

On Oct. 18, 2012, Dylan remembered what he learned in Scouts.

When his mother was fighting for breath after suffering an allergic reaction, Dylan grabbed her inhaler and shook it, but she still couldn't breathe, so he then called 9-1-1.
    
"The operator said, 'What is your emergency?' I said, 'You need to come help my mom right now.' She said, 'An ambulance is on the way.' I started crying. I didn't know she was going to be okay," Dylan recalled.

"Without him calling 9-1-1, I wouldn't be here. Before he got the inhaler, he said, 'Are you alright?' At that point I knew I wasn't," Tina said.

"She was biting on her tongue, foaming, turning purple," Dylan said.

"When he said our address, I went down. When I woke up, I was in the ER," said Tina.

Dylan's leaders with Pack 451 taught to stay calm if there's an emergency and to call 9-1-1.

On Thursday night, he receives scouting's coveted Heroism Award.

To receive the award, the recipient must have demonstrated at minimum risk to himself a skill in helping to save the life or avert serious injury for another person.

The award will be presented the Distinguished Citizens dinner.      

Dylan is a humble little boy and his mother is very proud.

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