The National Certificate of Merit Awarded to This Scout for Saving a Life

Tim Ahern | February 15, 2018

We have been proud to serve Scouts for over 50 years through their fundraising efforts. When we read a headline like this, that pride only grows. We have always admired the solid skills and values taught to the Scouts at a very young age, but when we hear they saved a life it goes beyond admiration.

“13-year-old Boy Scout honored for saving brother’s life”

According to Fox 8 Cleveland, in Medina, Ohio, a 13-year-old Boy Scout named Julio Esis Jr. saved his little brother’s life.

He and his 8-year-old brother were watching TV and suddenly Julio noticed his brother, Cesar, gasping for breath. Julio immediately recognized the signs of choking and took quick action, performing the Heimlich maneuver to remove the ice cube that had gotten stuck.

In the Fox 8 report, Julio remembers the incident, “He put his hands on this throat so immediately I knew what was going on. I was definitely worried, but adrenaline hit me and I just did what needed to be done.”

Julio had learned the Heimlich maneuver a few years earlier when earning his first aid Merit Badge.

His dad Julio Esis, Sr. is an assistant scout master and reflected, “One of the amazing parts of this story is there was no hesitation on his part. He knew exactly what to do and these are skills he learned through scouting.”

These are the stories that take an everyday Boy Scout lesson and help a Scout change lives. It reminds us that Merit Badges are more than just a way to earn recognition. They encourage a Scout to learn life-saving lessons and make a true impact in their community.

Well done, Julio! Excited to see where your journey as a Scout takes you!