Warwick Girl Scout Rebecca Garloch, a member of Troop 407, received the National Girl Scout Medal of Honor during the Warwick Girl Scout World Thinking Day Event held on Sat., Feb. 25. Eileen Verboys, Leader of Troop 733, presented the medal on behalf of all of the Warwick Girl Scout leaders.
The National Medal of Honor is the highest award a Girl Scout can ear and Rebecca received it for saving her friend’s life. In August 2016, Rebecca, her friend and Rebecca’s family went to visit other family members in Virginia. While swimming in the ocean at Virginia Beach, Rebecca’s friend had a seizure. Rebecca was the closest to her friend, lifted her up and held onto her while waves continually crashed around them, until Rebecca’s family could swim over to help.
The next day, while swimming at Lake Anna State Park, Rebecca’s friend had another seizure. Rebecca again held her friend up until the seizure subsided.
During her presentation, Eileen stated that Rebecca epitomizes many of the qualities of the Girl Scout Law. While saving her friend’s life, Rebecca was “friendly and helpful, she was considerate and caring. She was courageous and strong. She makes the world a better place.”