Girl Scout Earns Medal of Honor for Saving Father’s Life
KODIAK, ALASKA — Girl Scout Cadette Krista Simpler earned a national distinction for her lifesaving efforts during a home emergency. After her father suffered from a laceration and severe bleeding, Krista calmly provided medical care and assisted in saving her father’s life.
For her courageous efforts, she earned a Medal of Honor, one of Girl Scouts of the USA’s Lifesaving Awards, which she received during a presentation during Kodiak Women of Science STEM Day at Kodiak College on March 4, 2017. Girl Scouts of Alaska CEO Sue Perles and Kodiak Chief of Police Ronda Wallace presented Krista with the Medal of Honor as her Girl Scout sisters looked on from the crowd. Krista also received a signed letter of congratulations from Girl Scouts USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo.
Krista’s father, Brett Simpler, said his daughter sprang into action after a dish fell from the cabinet, shattered, and sliced his wrist at their home earlier this year. Krista immediately called her mother. When there was no answer, she contacted her grandmother who headed to their home on-foot. Meanwhile, Krista helped her father dress, rinse the laceration, and replace paper towels as they attempted to stop the bleeding. Due to the amount of blood loss, Brett decided a hospital visit was necessary and was met outside of their home by Krista’s grandmother, who had hurried over after Krista’s call.
Lifesaving Awards are national awards earned by a registered Girl Scout who has saved or attempted to save human life under circumstances that indicate heroism or risk of her own life. Girl Scouts can earn the following Lifesaving Awards: The Bronze Cross, presented when a girl had shown special heroism or had faced extraordinary risk of her own life to save another’s life, and the Medal of Honor, presented for gallantry with considerable risk to a girl’s life.
Of the 1.9 million nationally registered Girl Scouts, only 33 Lifesaving Awards have been awarded this year, and 37 were awarded in 2015. Krista will also be honored at Encampment 2017 this summer.