SULLIVAN — A year ago, 11 year old Julyanna Damon of Franklin did something quite remarkable.
“Oct. 7 of last year, Julyanna’s mother, Amanda, was having a seizure. Julyanna reacted quickly and called for friends to come, then called 911,” said Althea Christiansen, Julyanna’s Girl Scout troop leader. “Her mom was eventually airlifted down to Portland in a medically induced coma. And when she woke up the doctors told her that if Julyanna hadn’t called when she did and the EMTs hadn’t responded when they did, that she probably wouldn’t have woken up.”
For her life-saving efforts, Julyanna was awarded the Girl Scout Medal of Honor this week at the Mountain View School in Sullivan. The prestigious award is one of the highest given out by the Girl Scouts of America.
“The Medal of Honor is given for saving life or attempting to save life,” said Amanda Lott Hale, program manager for Girl Scouts of Maine. “And in the 13 years I’ve been working with the Girl Scouts this is only the third time I’ve seen it given out.”
Julyanna’s quick thinking wasn’t just by chance; it was something she had learned along with her fellow Girl Scouts and Brownies.
“We all took the first aid class with Sullivan and Franklin EMTs and Fire Department,” said Troop Leader Christiansen. “They talked about what is an emergency, when someone should call 911, what to say on the phone in an emergency.”
For Julyanna, those are just some of the many skills she has already learned after six years with the Girl Scouts.
“I’m proud of her,” said Julyanna’s mother, Amanda Damon. “Just tremendously proud of her.”