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Local Cub Scout’s quick thinking prevents fire


From Staff Reports

  One local Boy Scout had a chance to put his training in action recently, when he came to the rescue of his own mother after she was burned by scalding liquid in the kitchen.

L to r: front row, Diego with Council Commissioner, Frank Harper. Back row, Cubmaster Ray Scott, Committee Chair Bobbie Scott, mother Ivelisse, sisters Mia and Victoria and father Sgt. Saul Rodriguez.                                                      Special photo

  Stockbridge Cub Scout Diego Rodriguez’s quick reaction and emergency preparedness training helped him in a dangerous situation and his quick actions earned him recognition at a recent Boy Scout meeting.

   In an incident that happened this past summer, Diego’s mother, Ivelisse was cooking dinner with her little daughter Mia close by, when a pot spilled and burned her left hand, fingers and wrist. The gas stove was on and when the spill happened, the flames got worse. Diego heard his mother’s cries, rushed to her side and quickly turned off the gas stove. He pulled his little sister away from the stove and administered first aid to his mother. As Diego picked up the phone to call 911 looking for help, his father, Saul, arrived home and took Diego’s mother to the emergency room. Diego stayed by his mother’s side until she was released from the hospital and for the two weeks following while she recovered.

  Ivelisse said that her son told her that his Tiger Cub den visited the 911 center and fire department, where they gave him a flipbook that explained what to do in case of an emergency. She said that Diego read the entire book and used what he learned to help her.

  At the September 19 Flint River Council Executive Board meeting, Diego was presented with a Certificate of Merit for his actions during the incident by using what he learned in Cub Scouts to help his mother.

  Diego is currently a Wolf Scout with Pack 346, chartered by Faith Baptist Church in Stockbridge, in the Tussahaw District.

  For more information about Scouting, contact the Flint River Council at 770-227-4556 or



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