Anna Cristo, a 16-year-old from Warren, Ohio, received the Medal of Honor Lifesaving Award at the Heimlich Heroes event on Saturday, April 16, in recognition of saving her mother’s life.
The Medal of Honor Lifesaving Award is a national Girl Scout award presented to an individual who saved a life or attempted to save a life without risk to her own life.
“This award means that I can affect people’s lives in a positive way,” said Anna Cristo.
On May 17th, 2015, Anna and her mother were eating at the Sunrise Inn when Anna noticed her mother's wide eyes and lack of response. Realizing her mother was choking, Anna performed the Heimlich maneuver.
“I think everyone should know how to do the Heimlich [maneuver]. You never know when it could save someone,” said Anna.
At the Heimlich Heroes event, Troop 80154 taught Girls Scouts of all ages how to perform the Heimlich maneuver.
“I want to give back to the other girls in my [Service] Unit. I want them to know no matter how old they are, they can save a life,” said Anna.
Anna has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten. She learned the Heimlich maneuver when she was only seven years old at a Girl Scout meeting.
“I never expected to actually have to use the Heimlich [maneuver], but I am happy I learned it because it saved my mom’s life,” said Anna.