Thursday, 23 May 2024 13:52

Greenfield Girl Scout Saves Toddler From Drowning, Awarded Medals

State Senator Jim Tedisco presented Amelia Juracka with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal last week. Photo provided by Adam Kramer. State Senator Jim Tedisco presented Amelia Juracka with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal last week. Photo provided by Adam Kramer.

GREENFIELD — 12-year-old Amelia Juracka, a camper at Hidden Lake Girl Scout Camp, knew something was wrong when her two-year-old cousin wandered into the deep end of a swimming pool. Thanks to her water safety training, Juracka sprang into action and pulled her little cousin out of the water. 

For her heroics, Juracka became one of only 27 girl scouts nationwide to receive the Girl Scout Medal of Honor. Last week, she was also awarded the New York State Senate Liberty Medal, the Senate’s highest honor. Juracka is one of the youngest people in state history to receive the award.

“I am proud to present the Senate’s highest honor, the Liberty Medal, to Amelia for truly exemplifying the spirit of heroism and compassion and the best of New York,” said Senator Tedisco in a statement.

Tedisco presented Juracka with the award at the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York office in Queensbury.

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