Not only did she enjoy a visit to the Disneyland Hotel last week, Ava Kopecky was presented with the Girl Scout Medal of Honor at a ceremony there for saving the life of a toddler she did not know.

The two-and-a-half year old boy had fallen into the water at Woodbridge North Lake in Irvine, California near where Ava and her friends were playing. Ava was not a strong swimmer, but her quick thinking led her to wade into the water and extend a large stick for the boy to grab onto saved him from drowning.

She then pulled him to safety and reunite him with his mother.

Vikki Shepp, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County, presented the award to Ava, who is a Cadette from Troop 1967 in Irvine.

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“Girl Scouts are prepared to do heroic things. We are very proud of Ava’s exemplary actions, which reflected the Girl Scout Promise to help people at all times.”

For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts of America has celebrated girls whose actions saved the lives of others. Today, the national Meritorious Service Awards—the Bronze Cross and Medal of Honor—are presented to scouts (ages 5 to 17) who save or attempt to save a life “under circumstances that indicate heroism”, regardless of risk to their own lives.

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