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Bravery awards for Hertfordshire Scouts

PUBLISHED: 15:08 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:35 20 February 2013

Robert Marsh, Watford, Hertfordshire

Robert Marsh, Watford, Hertfordshire

TWO Scouts from Hertfordshire have been given special awards by The Scout Association for outstanding bravery.

TWO Scouts from Hertfordshire have been given special awards by The Scout Association for outstanding bravery. Damian Coles, 13, from Stevenage and Robert Marsh, 11, from Watford are among 12 Scouts who have been recognised for saving the lives of others. Each of them acted quickly and courageously in difficult situations, with many risking their own safety.


In January 2009, Damian Coles saved his friend who was drowning in an icy lake. He saw his friend was being bullied by older boys who threw his bike into the lake. When his friend walked on to the ice to retrieve the bike he fell through. Damian rushed to his aid and jumped into the icy water.


Damian said, I saw him fall through the ice and I knew I had to do something quickly or he could die. We got really cold and had to go to hospital but Im really, really glad I was able to do something to help. I feel very honoured and pleased to be given a Scout bravery award.


Robert Marsh saved his mother after she suddenly collapsed at home. While she was lying unconscious, Robert used the skills he learnt as a Scout to care for his mother.


Robert said, I remembered being taught at Scouts how to dial 999 and told them what happened. It was the first time that I had to do this and it was scary. The ambulance took 10 minutes to arrive so I had to make sure my mum was okay all that time. I put her in the recovery position. I was really pleased that I could help her.


Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said, These Scouts have shown great bravery and their acts are an inspiration to many. Scouts train for these moments. I am so proud that when it mattered they showed great Scouting spirit.

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