Local boy scout receives National Medal of Merit

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - Arizona Sharp saved his father's life during a four wheeler accident last Christmas Eve.

The 16-year-old lifted the vehicle off his father, Ray, and carried him out of the woods to an ambulance.

Arizona received one of the Boy Scout of America's highest honors, the National Medal of Merit, Thursday night for his valiant deed.

"If Arizona was not there and did not find me, then I would have died," Ray said. "It's hard to fight back the tears."

"It was one of the scariest things to ever happen to me. I was thinking, while I couldn't get it off, 'I'm about to lose my dad he's gonna be gone.' And dad's just like, 'Come on, son. You can do it.' And so I gave it my second try and I finally got it," Arizona said. "It never crosses a kid's mind to think they're gonna have to save their parent's life one day."

Ray dislocated his shoulder and bruised several ribs.

"It took several months before I could start using my arm again," Ray said. "I'm lucky to be alive."

This is why the Merit Medal means so much to both of them.

"I never knew there was such a thing. It kinda teaches how Scouts has taught me things I need to know in my life cause you never know when you're gonna need basic skills to help someone," Arizona said.

"It's nice to see that the training and the different things that he's gone through through the Boy Scout organization pay off in such a major way that he helped him do what he needed to do to save me," Ray said.

"I applied all the things I learned into helping me help him," Arizona said. "Always be prepared. That's the Scout motto."

Arizona is the first ever recipient of the Medal of Merit in his district. Only 126 Boy Scout members in the country received the award last year.

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