10-year-old Boy Scout gets national award 20 Feb 12

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A 10-year-old North St. Paul boy is being honored as a hero for rescuing his friend from a Wisconsin river.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar gave Antonio Vandal a national Boy Scouts award on Saturday.

The National Certificate of Merit award is given to scouts and scout leaders who perform a significant act of service.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that less than 60 of the awards were given out in 2011.

Vandal was on his first canoe trip with his dad and others on the Namekagon River in 2010 when a friend’s canoe capsized. Vandal used his Boy Scouts training to pull the boy from the water without capsizing his own canoe.

Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press

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