Local Eagle Scout receives Medal of Merit

Photo: Eagle Scout J.D. Campbell receives the Medal of Merit from Chris Daughtrey, scout executive of the WestArk Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Eagle Scout J.D. Campbell of Mountain Home has been awarded the Medal of Merit by the WestArk Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The presentation was made Tuesday at the scouts annual Golden Eagle Banquet.

The Medal of Merit is awarded to youth or adult members of scouting who perform acts of service of a rare or exceptional character reflecting an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.

In August 2017, Campbell was working on his truck at his home when he noticed his 4-year-old neighbor sitting on a bicycle and crying. The scout went to check on him and noticed the boy was turning blue and having difficulty breathing and pulling at his throat. The young boy was wearing an improvised superhero cape that had become tangled in the bicycle sprocket chocking him.

Campbell quickly wedged his fingers under the fabric and was able to pull it enough for the boy to breath. The scout had two friends with him and assigned one to direct traffic and one to go back to the house for
scissors or a knife. After the friend returned with the knife, Campbell was able to cut the fabric away and free the boy.

Campbell is the son of Kevin and Cheryl Campbell and is an Eagle Scout from Troop 156, chartered to Mountain Home First United Methodist Church.

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